Ethiopia has registered a tremendous and sustainable progress in the power sector development over the past two decades. Electricity has played an extraordinary role towards this achievement. To this end, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has undertaken numerous worth mentioning achievement as a new entity.
Particularly, in the area of implementation of electric power generation plants being among the major responsibilities vested up on Regulation by the Council of Minister’s number 381/2015, the Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) has undertaken numerous renewable mega projects from various source like hydro, wind, waste to energy and geothermal.
Construction work on various mega projects including the 1870 MW Gibe III has been completed in the past years and contribute a lot to the power sector since 2016/17. EEP has undertaken:
- The construction of Grand Ethiopia Resonance Dam project has reached the of 70 per cent
- 500kvEthio-Kenya and 400kv Genale Dawa III – Yirgalem high voltage transmission lines had given high priority to make a difference in the domain of power generation.
Many major power transmission lines and power distribution projects are also under construction which helps to strengthen the capacity of national power grid.
Besidessatisfying the country energy demand, it will export surplus electricity to the foreign market. This also contributes a lot to the improvement of regional economic integration.
It would be worth mentioning to note that EEP implementing such and other responsibilities has successfully carried out to achieve its targeted goals. By doing these and many other activities, our organization has achieved its goal of maximizing electricity supply. As a result, we are working hard to increase currentinstalled capacity of 4260 MW by completing unfinished projects.
It cognizant of this, construction work is geared towards achieving basic needs of the electric power infrastructural development which is the fundamental bases for universal growth with a view to address the increasing demand due to economic improvements and renewed interest, investing on qualitative and fast completion of power supplying project on the pipe line must proceed with a new tempo.
In the energy development sector, public-private partnerships, policy and legal frameworks have been developed and approved by the Council of Ministers and House of Peoples Representatives, in which domestic and foreign investors can work together in partnership with the government and the private sector.
As such, the implementation of this system will create additional capacity for energy development and is widely believed to enable the development of aenriched knowledge and technology transfer between national and foreign developers.
Accordingly, thirteen hydroelectric projects were selected by the Public and Private Partnership (PPP) Board and six of them were solar projects and decided to enter into the tender. Remains will also be approved by the Board in the same way.
In due course of time, potential areas for wind farm development are identified,investigated and feasibility studies have been conducted and bidding documents preparation are also underway.
Therefore, I would like to remind all management members and the staff, we have to develop corporate business thinking and work togetherto develop and modernizing our institution.