So far, the government has identified five hydroelectric dams for PPPs.
The government is considering adding two hydroelectric dam projects under the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) model, which would push the total number of new dams to seven. Having a combined power generating capacity of 935MW, the two dams will be developed on the Birbir and Geba rivers, both of which are in southwestern Ethiopia. Birbir and Geba dams will have a generating capacity of 564MW and 371MW of electric power, respectively.
To hire companies that will conduct the feasibility studies of Birbir River I & II and Geba I & II dams, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) announced a call for expressions of interest from interested bidders. The African Development Bank will cover the cost of the feasibility study. In total, the Bank allocated 104.6 million dollars to back Mekele-Dallol and Semera-Afdera Power Supply and Access Scale-up Project along with the feasibility study for hydroelectric dam projects.
The feasibility study will suggest ways for the projects to be carried out through the PPP model, according to Bizuayheu Tesfaye (PhD), director of Energy Resource Development at Ethiopian Electric Power.
The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has applied for a grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEFA) through the African Development Bank and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the contract for The Ethiopia Renewable Energy Program I (EREP-I) Project /Services under Component I and II.
The request for expressions of interest follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that appeared in Development Business No. AFDB 736-05/19 of 30 May 2019.
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The technology group Voith has signed a comprehensive service and operations consultancy contract for the Ethiopian hydropower plant Gilgel Gibe II during the „G20 Investment Summit” on November 19 in Berlin, Germany. The agreement was signed by the Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Seleshi Bekele and Mark Claessen, Managing Director Voith Hydro East Africa in the attendance of Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister for Economics and Energy. The investor summit took place within the „G20-Initiative Compact with Africa“. Twelve Heads of State of the African Compact partner countries as well as South Africa, acting as G20 partner of the intitiative, were attending the summit.
Signing of the contract in attendance of the Federal Minister for Economics and Energy Peter Altmaier and the Minister of Energy of Ethiopia Dr. Seleshi Bekele
Stable energy supply as a foundation for further social and economical development
The Genale Dawa III hydropower project will start producing electricity in January next year. Costing 450 million dollars, the project will boost the country's power generation capacity by 254MW.
With 99pc of the dam completed, it is currently undergoing tests. Standing 110m high and half a kilometer in length, the dam that had been under construction for almost a decade can hold up to 2.5 billion cubic metres of water. The dam is being constructed by China Gezhouba Group. The country also has the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction, which is expected to generate 5,150MW of power.