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Ato Mihret Debebe , Chief Executive Officer, EEPCo

It is well recognized that the development of a reliable infrastructure is a cornerstone to the success of the growth and transformation plan that our country is currently implementing in order to sustain the registered rapid economic development.

At present, we have already noticed the need for modern energy is rising faster than projections. It is worth mentioning here that last year alone the electricity demand, amidst the supply’s wide spread problems, has registered more than 25 percent annual growth rate. Furthermore, looking at the details of the GTP plan, one can easily observe with full certainty that in the coming years the demand for electricity will continue to increase at higher pace.

Fast development of the generation capacity and the related power infrastructures so as to match the growing demand in quantity, quality and timing shall always be the focus of our strategy. This has been well recognized by the Ethiopian government vis – a -vis power sector plan is laid to increase the generation capacity to 10,000MW, high voltage transmission system by more than 7,000kms and the distribution system by 250,000kms up to the year 2017.

More than 8,000MW of the generation expansion plan is to be covered by the hydropower development, since it is abundant in our country and also is the cheapest reliable source of electric energy. It is also recognized that hydro dominated systems can severely be affected in cases of dry hydrologic conditions. In order to make the power system resilient to these kinds of less probable, unfavorable shortcomings, diversifying the generation mix is a widely accepted solution. The good opportunities for generation mix in Ethiopia’s case are wind and geothermal. Cognizant of this, Ethiopia has targeted the installation of around 800MW wind generation on identified potential sites before the year 2015.

One of these identified wind power generation sites is Adama Wind Farm. The site is first identified by wind resource assessment study carried out by a project office established for the purpose. The feasibility study for phase I of the project was undertaken by Hydro-China International. The same company in joint venture with another Chinese firm CGC Overseas Construction. signed an EPC-turnkey contract for 117 MUSD. Aimed at increasing the Utility-University relation, the consultative service for the project for the first time is awarded to Addis Ababa University.

The power plant to be inaugurated right now after a few moment harnesses the site’s 51 MW power generation potential with 34 turbines, each having 1.5MW capacity and are located at 65m hub-height. The average annual energy generation expected from this site reaches 168 GWh. The 33kV generation from each wind turbine set is transformed to 132kV at a 132/33kV substation and is made to interconnect with the existing Adama II substation via a 4.7km 132kV transmission line.

The construction of the project was officially launched on June 14, 2011. EEPCo’s management as part of EEPCo’s staff, would like to thank at this point the HydroChina-CGCOC Joint Venture, Addis Ababa University and our project coordinating office for accomplishment of the project in accordance with the date schedule. It can be said that what we have witnessed with the construction of this project is the shortest construction period in the history of EEPCo.

The Environmental and Socioeconomic impact of the project has been well studied. This has depicted that the project has little effect to the environment. There are no households to be resettled. For those farmers, whose cultivated land affected by the wind farm, have been well compensated. More than 1000 permanent and temporary employees have participated during the construction process and it has been a good job opportunity and means of skill development.

Finally, EEPCo’s management extends its appreciation to the Government of Ethiopia, Regional Government of Oromia, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Inland Revenue and to all our collaborators who assisted us to bring this power plant to reality.