(BBC/Emmanuel Igunza, Feb 2018)
Rapidly increasing urbanisation in Africa means two things: more waste and greater demand for electricity. In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, a new waste-to-energy plant is set to tackle both problems at the same time, by helping to dispose of three-quarters of the city's rubbish while generating enough electricity to power a third of the city.
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Aiming at playing a great role in the fast growing economy of Ethiopia and competitive incentive packages, affordable labor and improved infrastructure in the country, the Turkish giant, Turkish Industry Holding is to invest in power generating sector. The Chairman of Turkish Industry CO. Mr. Mehmet Coskun, the Vice President Mr. Hakim Alici and board member Mr. Ozan Semerci met Seleshi Bekele, PhD, the Minister of Water Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) yesterday at his office with the proposal of Electricity production power plant.
The Chairman stated that the power plant is gas fired cogeneration plant and the capacity will be 500mv, which will be one hundred per cent self-financed by Turkish Industry Holding and its co-partner AKSA Energy, another giant company in the energy sector.
Energy experts advised the Ethiopian government to build its institutional capacity to tap into the huge geothermal energy resources. At a consultative workshop organised by the World Bank yesterday a team of geothermal experts stated that the country should set up the right institutions, regulatory body and human resource that can enable the country to tap into its enormous geothermal energy potential. The experts said that though Ethiopia has the potential to generate 10,000MW of electricity from its vast geothermal resources found in the east Africa rift system it has not yet reached development stage unlike its neighbor Kenya which is generating 650MW from geothermal resources. Though Ethiopia started exploring its geothermal potential in the 1970s the country’s geothermal sector is at its infant stage.
Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Sileshi Bekele (Eng.), said that in line with the Ethiopian government’s climate resilient green economy strategy, harnessing renewable energy resources is a priority for the country, adding that his Ministry supports the development, adoption and implementation of policies and regulations. Geothermal is a reliable source of energy and is environmentally friendly. “The Ministry promotes development and deployment of new and renewable energy technologies to address the growing energy demand and climate change concerns of the country,” Sileshi said. He pointed out that as geothermal resource is a reliable source of energy, environmentally sustainable and has high capacity factor his Ministry gives due to attention for the development of geothermal power projects.
Tullu Moye Geothermal Operations Private Limited Company has embarked on the development a 520 MW geothermal project in the Oromia Regional State with an outlay of two billion dollars. The Tulu Moye Geothermal project is located in the Oromia Regional State, East Arsi zone, near Eteya town. Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations plans to develop 520 MW of electricity in four phases. Reykjavik Geothermal (RG), an Icelandic company, and Meridiam, a US firm, are shareholders of Tullu Moye Geothermal Operations.
The power purchasing agreement (PPA) was signed by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation along with Corbetti Geothermal project on December 2017. The two geothermal projects, the first independent power producers in Ethiopia, would have an installed capacity of generating 1,000 MW. The total investment costs are estimated to be four billion dollars.