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.
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.
Gilgel Gibe II is currently Ethiopia’s most powerful hydroelectric plant with an installed capacity of 420 MW. Voith supplied four Pelton turbines and generators as well as the entire mechanical and electrical equipment and also trained the plant operator’s staff. The project raised Ethiopia’s hydro capacity by over 50 per cent. Before Gilgel Gibe II went into operation, only 15 per cent of Ethiopia’s villages were connected to the power grid. Now, half of the rural settlements are supplied with power.
Gilgel Gibe II uses the water of the older Gilgel Gibe I plant, upstream on the Gibe river. About 500 meters above the powerhouse, the water is directed from the concrete-lined tunnel into two steel penstocks which then run along the surface. After a horizontal section, the gradient drops and the water rapidly picks up speed. After a few hundred meters, the penstocks bifurcate into four distribution pipes, feeding the runners of the Pelton turbines. The water will then be directed to the buckets of the runners through six jet nozzles, which turn the almost three and a half meter diameter turbine runners to 333 revolutions per minute.Write comment (0 Comments)
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