The Ethiopian Electric Power Authority, the state-owned electricity producer in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has partnered with multinational conglomerate, GE, to set up 11 High Voltage (HV) Substations that will improve access to electricity in the region
Aligning with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan, GE’s Grid Solutions business announced this week that it has completed a $40 million Electricity Transmission System Improvement turnkey project with Ethiopian Electric Power.
The project will raise access to electricity by transferring bulk electric power to the southern and south-western parts of the country. New substations will also help reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium term.
“This project will support overall electrification plans of Ethiopia, provide sustainable power and allow the transmission of reliable power from the interconnected system to demand centers across the country and in the region”, said Wudineh Yemane, Project Manager for Ethiopian Electric Power.
“It will facilitate the implementation of the Universal Electrification Access program as well as Government’s ambition to export energy to Sudan,” Yemane explained.
Over 70% of people in Ethiopia have no access to electricity although the grid covers about 60% of the towns in the country. “
There is urgent need for household electrification” said Lazarus Angbazo, Regional Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions Business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“This project will significantly reduce high transmission losses while improving system efficiency, stability and reliability. GE has always been a committed partner to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), and we are honored to be able to deliver the largest number of substations to EEP on a turnkey basis with this project,” he added.
GE Power’s Grid Solutions provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries. The business has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years.
“This project reinforces GE’s commitment to continuously support the government of Ethiopia in its efforts to upgrade the national grid and achieve its objective of making electricity accessible to all citizens”, explained Daniel Hailu, GE’s Country Director in Ethiopia.
“It will result in increased economic activities and enable Ethiopia to further exploit its energy potential,” he concluded.