Monday, November 1, 2010

Ethiopia: Power sector faces uncertainty

Below is an excerpt from "Ethiopia: Power sector faces uncertainty"
Thursday 28 October 2010 / by Desalegn Sisay

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"The recently inaugurated Gilgel Gibe II Hydro Power Plant with a
capacity of 420 megawatt has been nonoperational following its collapse
shortly after its inauguration. One of the effective power stations,
Gilgel Gibe I is only producing half of its total 180 megawatt capacity,
due to a transformer collapse. Tekeze Hydro Power Plant, another new
power station with a 300 megawatt capacity and is generating only about
70 megawatt.

Meanwhile, Tana Belese, the biggest hydro power station in Ethiopia,
with a 460 megawatt capacity, has been fully operational. But as its 400
kilovolt transmission installation work from Bahir Dar to the central
part of the country has not been finalized, power supply from Tana is
transmitted on limited kilovolt transmission lines and has a high
wastage, sources at the EEPCo have revealed.

Last week, October 21, 2010 EEPCo sent an official letter to factories
to halt their production between 6 and 10 pm to avoid power outages
during peak hours. Nonetheless, most residents continue to experience
power cuts without any prior notice on daily basis."

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