In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Dec. 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year.
Asnake is a civil engineer by training and is responsible for the construction and operation of generation plants, transmission lines and substations, as well as overseeing the sale of electricity to neighboring Sudan, Djibouti and border towns of Kenya. When she first entered the industry, Ethiopia’s electric energy was mainly hydro based and the generation capacity was 2,430 MW. Since then, generation has grown to 4,500 MW.
(The ethiopian herald/SEID MEHAMMED, 04 May 2018)
The construction of Ethio-Kenya electric transmission line has seen 88 percent completion, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) told The Ethiopian Herald. The 2.4 billion Birr project financed by African Development Bank (AfDB) covers 433 Kms from Sodo, zonal town in Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s State, to Ethio-Kenya boarder, EEP External Relations Director, Misiker Negash, said. According to him, the Kenyan government has also been constructing a 622-Km line within its boarder. He added that the construction which created 600 jobs to citizens would help to export 500 volt additional hydro-power to Kenya. Currently, Ethiopia exports 100MW, 80MW and 10MW to Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya respectively.
(Fasika Tadesse/Addisfortune, 4 March 2018)
Ethiopia and Sudan are negotiating a bilateral agreement for the installation of the second power interconnection line, which will enable Ethiopia to export 1,000MW of electric energy to Sudan.
(Fasika Tadese/addisfortune, 18 Feb 2018 )
The Indian government is finalising a 100 million dollar pledge for the Ethiopia and Djibouti power interconnection line, which will transmit 230kV of electric power to Djibouti. The line will extend from Semera, Afar Regional State to PK12 substations in Djibouti. It will enable Djibouti to import 60MW of electricity from Ethiopia, as well as help the nation earn a total of 50 million dollars annually from exporting power to Djibouti. The feasible study of the project was completed by Tractebel Engineering S.A, one and half century old Belgian engineering company with a presence in 33 countries and 1,600 staff members. Tractebel conducted the feasibility study with a financial backing from the Kuwait Fund.