The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has made two separate agreements worth US $200m with Chinese firms to see through the completion of the delayed Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. According to the agreement which was signed between Abraham Belay (PhD), CEO of EEP, and Voith deputy, Tang Xu, the company has awarded Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd, a Chinese firm based in Germany US $77.9m to supply and install six turbine generators for the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.
The Ethiopian Power company also signed an agreement worth US $125.6m with Power China construct the hydraulic steel structure component of the GERD. The firm will finalize the steel structure construction by the end of June, 2020, and will commission the entire project by the end of 2022.
Launched in 2011 with a plan to be finalized in five years, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) still has four more years to go before completion marking 11 years, if not more. Consuming 98 billion birr against the initial total budget of 80 billion birr; the dam’s 25 percent work is that of hydraulic steel structures and electromechanical works. Hired for this task is the porous Metals and Engineering Corporation (MetEC), which received 65 percent payment. MetEC has been accused of delaying the project and compromising its quality. Out of the 65 percent of the total construction work, the civil engineering component is undertaken by the Italian company, Salini Impreglio, which has finalized 82 percent of its work.
According to Sileshi Bekele (PhD), Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, the complex and most challenging part of the dam project mostly is the hydraulic steel structures and building the electromechanical components severely delaying the course of the construction of the dam. “Needless bravado was devoted,” the minister said while outlining the failures encountered during the undertaking of the project.
በኦሞ ወንዝ ላይ የተጀመረው የኮይሻ ኃይድሮ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ማመንጫ ፕሮጀክት፣ በገንዘብ እጥረት ምክንያት ግንባታው መስተጓጎሉ ተሰማ፡፡ ከታላቁ የህዳሴ ግድብ ፕሮጀክት ቀጥሎ በኢትዮጵያ ትልቁ የሆነው የኮይሻ ኃይል ማመንጫ ፕሮጀክት፣ ከጅምሩ የፋይናንስ ግኝቱ ችግር እንዳለበት ሲገለጽ የቆየ ቢሆንም፣ የፋይናንስ እጥረቱ ሥር እየሰደደ መጥቶ ሠራተኞችን መቀነስ ተጀምሯል፡፡ ፕሮጀክቱ በግንቦት 2008 ዓ.ም. ሲጀመር ዋነኛ ሥራ ተቋራጩ ሳሊኒ ኮንስትራክሽን ኩባንያ ነበረ፡፡ ሳሊኒ ያስገኘው ብድር ሙሉ በሙሉ ከፍተኛ ወለድ የሚከፈልበት (ኮሜርሻል ብድር) በመሆኑ፣ የተወሰነው ክፍል አነስተኛ ወለድ በሚያስከፍል ብድር (ኮንሴሽናል ብድር) እንዲከናወን ለቻይናው ግዙፍ ኩባንያ ዳንግ ፋንግ ኢንተርናሽናል እንዲሰጥ ተወስኖ ነበር፡፡ አሁን ግን የኢትዮጵያ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ብድሩ በኮሜርሻል ተጠቃሎ ሥራው ሙሉ በሙሉ በሳሊኒ እንዲካሄድ ፍላጎት አሳይቷል፡፡
የኮይሻ ኃይድሮ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ማመንጫ ፕሮጀክት በደቡብ ክልላዊ መንግሥት በኮንታ ልዩ ወረዳ፣ በዳውሮና በጎፋ ዞኖች መካከል ይገኛል፡፡ የኮንታ ልዩ ወረዳ ምክትል አስተዳዳሪ አቶ ፋንታሁን ብላቴ ለሪፖርተር እንደገለጹት፣ ልዩ ወረዳው ከኮይሻ ፕሮጀክት ጋር አብሮ የሚሠራው በፀጥታና በሠራተኛ ቅጥር ነው፡፡
The 2018 Hydropower Status Report offers insights and trends on the hydropower sector. Now in its fifth edition, the report provides information and statistics on installed capacity and estimated generation by country and by region, articles by leading energy and environment ministers, and results of a sector-wide survey on the future of hydropower. In the report, Ethiopia tops Africa by having an installed capacity of 3822MW, followed by South Africa with 3,595 MW, Egypt with 2,844 MW and DR Congo with 2,593 MW.