EEP says Gibe III 87 % complete

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Addis Ababa, 5 September 2014 (WIC) – Some 87 % of Gibe III hydropower project has been completed, according to the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).

Once completed, the Gibe III project under construction on Omo River in Ethiopia will generate about 1,870 megawatt (MW).

Work on the project is being expedited,’ external relations head at EEP, Miskir Negash, told WIC. “Electrical and mechanical works are nearing completion,” he said.

Upon completion, the project housing 10 turbine units with a power of 187 MW each will increase the electric energy coverage in the country by 94 percent, he said.

According to him, two of the ten turbine units will begin generating electric power this Ethiopian budget year.

Installation of electric transmission line is also underway in conjunction with the construction of the project, he said.

In addition to improving their socio-economic benefits, the project protected residents of the area from frequent flooding, he said.

According to Misiker, over 7,500 Ethiopians and 120 foreigners are taking part at the project.

Gibe III hydropower project was commenced in 1999 EC, it was learnt.