The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) is preparing to launch a combined tender for supplying two drilling rigs and accessories and drilling services and maintenance services for drilling of 8 -20 wells in Aluto, Ethiopia.
The government has identified seven hydropower projects to be implemented by independent power producers in a public-private partnership (PPP) model. Out of the seven hydropower projects, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) selected four that require amendments to their previous feasibility studies, while three of them need new feasibility studies.
Expected to generate 2,300MW of electric energy, the projects are located in Amhara, Oromia and Somali regional states and require a total of 4.3 billion dollars in investment.
If there is any Western country eager to help Ethiopia in the power sector, none match the enthusiasm and drive of the Danish government. Denmark, a country with an impressive record of 70pc reduction in its per kWh carbon emissions by switching to clean and renewable energy, is keen to explore alternative energy sources in this country.
A year ago, Denmark agreed to finance the construction of a new wind farm in Assela, 165Km south of the capital, to generate 100MW of power. Last week, a delegation of the Danish Energy Agency was here in Addis Abeba, and this week, Denmark sent a delegation to identify additional areas of cooperation in developing alternative sources of energy, as well as to promote management and skill sets in the field.
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.