The Gibe 2 power plant has generating more power than planned in the last six months

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Gibe II Power plant generated 1028.5 GW watts of energy electricity in the first half of the budget year, according to Habtamu Geremew, General Manager of the station.

The power plant generated additional 7 percent of the planned 958 GW, he said.

The Gibe II power plant, the third largest power plant next to Gibe III and Beles, has installed capacity of 420 megawatts and is playing a significant role in meeting the country’s energy needs.

In terms of human resource development, nine new engineers and four technicians have been given two months of on-the-job training, he added.

Ashenafi Tesfa, acting head of the station’s maintenance department, on his part said that maintenance work was being carried out to enable the plant to provide proper services along with the operational activities.

He said, the main inlate valve which was disrupting the power generation while pouring oil and the air conditioner of the control room have been repaired by the maintenance department.

According to Ashenafi, 56 types of spare parts for the station have been imported. Preparations are underway to carry out maintenance of one unit.

The Gibe 2 power plant, which was officially launched in 2008, has a 400 kV switchyard with three transformers.

It is located 250 km away from Addis Ababa in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR), Yem Special Woreda, the station also has three outgoing lines that provide power to Sebeta, Sekoru and Wolayita Sodo substations.

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