Ethiopian PM announces new 2,000 MW hydropower project

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Ethiopia will soon launch the development of a new 2,000 MW hydropower project, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told the country’s parliament this week.

The unnamed hydroelectric plant is part of the African nation’s 2015-2020 development plan, which includes proposals to raise Ethiopia’s cumulative renewable energy output by about 15,000 MW.

Ethiopia, rich with an estimated 45,000 MW worth of hydropower potential, is already looking to become a major exporter of surplus energy with the 1,870-MW Gibe 3 recently put into operation and the 1,450-MW Gibe 4, 660-MW Give 5 and 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance in development.

Desalegn did not divulge many details on Ethiopia’s newest proposed hydro project, but told parliament its launch would be “commenced soon.”

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