Ethiopia to study developing 6,000 MW of hydro

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water Resources has drafted a strategic plan for detailed study of seven hydroelectric projects that would total more than 6,000 MW.

The ministry’s head of dams and hydropower design, Michael Abebe, told the state-run Ethiopian News Agency the study would cost 284 million birr (US$32.6 million) over five years.

Abebe said design work would be carried out on two of the projects during the period. Additionally, he said preparations are under way for design work to utilize Kesem dam for irrigation purposes. A local press report said work on Kesem is 35 percent complete by local contractors.

Abebe also said the ministry is beginning preparation of a national dam safety regulation.

For information, contact Michael Abebe, Head, Dams and Hydropower Design, Ministry of Water Resources, P.O. Box 17598, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 17598; (251) 1-670106; Fax: (251) 1-461176; E-mail: michael.abebe@gmail.com.

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