Energy in Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia marching towards Africa's first waste-to-energy plant

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/11/27 Ethiopia will begin running Africa’s initial waste-to-energy plant in early 2018 according to the United Nations environment programme website. The facility in question, the Reppie project, is built on the Koshe landfill site located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. inRead invented by Teads The dump site which had served Addis Ababa for about 50 years made news headlines in March this year next a landslide at the premises killed about 114 people – residents and scavengers – according to government records.
  • China’s Energy Security: Reality Roadblock In Ethiopia

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 Massive Chinese infrastructure investments across the Eurasian landmass and Africa, together with the influx of Chinese personnel, are targeted by insurgents, rebels, and militants. The uncertainty in Ethiopia undermines China’s efforts to boost economic links with the African continent via the One Belt One Road Initiative. Ethiopia, situated in the Horn of Africa and next to Djibouti where China is building its initial ever foreign military base, is a key node along the proposed route of the One Belt One Road, presently known as the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). This ambitious project to reshape the world through infrastructure connectivity, however, is hampered by domestic conflicts and local opposition.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • Ethiopia: First Geothermal Project Discharges Steam.

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/07/11 The project was launched in 2010 with financial assistance from the Government of Japan and the World Bank. Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki launched the initial geothermal well drilled and successfully discharged steam as part of the Aluto Langano Geothermal Project supported by the Japanese government. According to Japanese Embassy Press release, the project was launched in 2010 with financial assistance of the Government of Japan and the World Bank, and has been implemented jointly by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) and Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) and West Japan Engineering Consultants (West JEC).
  • The 11,488 solar systems from China were bought for 2.8 million dollars

    CHINA, 2015/01/06 The Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy (MoWIE), through its Rural Electrification Fund (REF), has procured 11,488 solar home systems (SHS) from the Chinese Company Cecep Oasis New Energy Company, which are expected to be delivered within three weeks. The IDA provided the financing, a total of 2.8 million dollars, for the purchase of the systems which will be distributed to 11, 488 households that are members of the 207 cooperatives in the regions. At different times before the Ministry had procured and distributed institutional solar systems, says YisehakSeboka, the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) Coordinator at the Ministry. The initial was in 2006 at the same time as 200 health posts received these systems.
  • Engineer Azeb Wins Women in Construction Excellence Award

    ETHIOPIA, 2014/06/04 The Chief Executive Officer of the newly-formed Ethiopian Electric Power, Azeb Asnake (Eng.), has just won the "Women in Construction Excellence Award." Azeb on Thursday received the award at the end of the African Construction Exhibition at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Women in Construction Excellence Award is organized annually with the view of recognizing the contribution of female professionals in Africa's built environment. The award was organized by the African Construction Expo in collaboration with the South African Ministry of Public Works. This year 11 finalists were announced under three categories- industry transformation, emerging excellence and Africa project leader. Azeb won the award under the Africa project leader category. Azeb, prior to her current position at the Ethiopian Electric Power, served as project manager of the Gilgel Gibe III hydropower project.
  • Djibouti-Ethiopia Power Interconnection - Hydro-Powering East Africa

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2013/10/09 Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti, stated "This (project) is to reduce significantly the cost of the energy bill that weighs as much on the competitiveness of our economy as on the living standards of our households." The development objective of the project was to improve electricity access in Ethiopia and Djibouti at affordable prices through regional cooperation in power trade. The AfDB has been an active partner in implementing the connection by providing USD 95 million for the project. The 283-km Ethiopia-Djibouti transmission line was officially inaugurated in October 2011. The 230-kV line, enabling Djibouti to import up to 60 MW of electricity, is estimated to be earning Ethiopia at least USD 1.5 million per month, and has eased Djibouti's reliance on fossil-fuel power plants and generators.
  • African energy environment seems rather dynamic at present

    BOTSWANA, 2013/07/02 Cross Border Data’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and next prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets. Maps are drawn/updated annually by ‘journalist mapmaker’ David Burles and an introductory piece describes the process of production as requiring the application of investigative techniques to obtain even the majority basic data. Data on the continent’s energy environment has been built up using “not only maps, but as well press releases, news statement and good old-fashioned journalistic legwork”.
  • AfDB approves $115m for power transmission project between Ethiopia, Kenya

    ETHIOPIA, 2013/01/18 African Development Bank (AfDB) has recently approved $115m, a third round of loans to finance the construction of a cross-border electricity transmission line project between Ethiopia and Kenya. In September 2012, the bank has approved $348m in funding for the same electricity highway project, which calls for an investment of $1.26bn. The project is due for commissioning in November 2017.
  • World Bank approves contentious Ethiopia-Kenya electric line

    ETHIOPIA, 2012/11/27