Ethiopia completes study to build 246-MW hydro station

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water Resources announced it finalized a feasibility study to construct a 246-MW hydroelectric station on the Genale River in Somali State.

The government’s Ethiopian News Agency reported May 19, 2009, the ministry said a plan is set to build the station in Somali’s Liben zone. The ministry said the station would help the nation address seasonal power shortages.

The project also would contribute to a national program to export electric power for sale while controlling flood damage and providing water for irrigation in Ethiopia, project coordinator Getu Tilahun told the news agency.

Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. received expressions of interest in April for financing and building the 254-MW Genale Dawa 3 hydropower project. (HydroWorld 4/7/09)

The utility said foreign consultants previously developed feasibility studies of Genale Dawa 3, to be built 400 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa at an estimated cost of US$337.8 million. Upon completion in 56 months, the project is expected to generate 1,640 gigawatt-hours annually.


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