Yabelo 132 kv transmission line and substation underway testing and commissioning works

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Yabelo is located in the Yabelo district of Borena Zone, Oromia National Regional State, 565 km from Addis Ababa.

The construction of the 132 KV power transmission line and substation is being undertaken under the terms of a contract between the Ethiopian Electric Power and the Ethiopian Electric Service in January 2017.

The power station has a capacity of carrying 132 kV of power with installation of  20/25 MVA transformers.

According to Zwudu Shengen, civil works manager of the project, the construction works are being done on the side. Construction and installation of the control rooms are also underway, he added.

According to him, there are minor works remaining, while the overall civil work of the project has been completed recording 88.5%.

Engineer Shiwanzaw Taye, head of the Electro-Mechanical Works of the project, said the installation of SwichYard, Eucalypturing, Grounding Protocol and Transformer has been completed.

Work on electro mechanical is currently finalizing including  tpreparations to conduct testing and commissioning.

Due to delays in the delivery of the ERP system in the Ethiopian Electric Service Rural Electric Supply Program, it was learned that the substation would have been completed longer than planned. The project is said to have created temporary employment opportunities for 103 local residents.

The 132KV power transmission line, which is 2.5 kilometers long, is now known to be fully pending erection works and wire casting. It was noted that the construction of this power line could create temporary employment opportunities for 60 locals.

The construction of this project is also expected to solve the problem of large-scale power supply, which has been observed in the city of Yabelo and nearby areas.

Elders and religious leaders, including the city administration, are closely watching and supporting the project.

It was noted that the location of the project was rocky, the lack of different machinery and the lack of access to water could have a negative impact on the construction process.

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