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Ethiopia unveils another hydro project over Nile River

Posted on Thursday, 8 September 2011 14:37

Ethiopia on Thursday unveiled another hydro electric power project over the Nile River basin, which will generate 2 100 MW of electricity.

The project is part of the Horn of Africa country’s plans to position itself as a major electricity supplier to neighboring countries.

The Beka-Abo multipurpose power project, according to the Ministry of Water and Energy, will be set up at Nile Bridge, about 2 km from the Nile river around Bure-Nekemt road, about 360 km north west of Addis Ababa.

Stakeholders are discussing details of the project in Addis Ababa, with support from the Norwegian government, which donated more than 20 million Euros for a feasibility study.

The ministry said the project will significantly contribute to efforts to meet the local demand and the country’s push to export power.

Ethiopia has already started power supply to neighbouring Djibouti and is preparing to start selling electricity to Sudan early next year.

In April, the country launched Africa’s biggest dam over the Nile River. The Renaissance Dam is expected to generate 5 250 MW of electricity.

This project will cost US$ 5 billion and will be fully funded by the government and ordinary people through bonds.

The mega projects over the Nile have angered neighbouring Egypt, which it says will impact negatively on water levels on the shared river.

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