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October 27, 2013

EEPCO begins operations of 120MW Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) has commenced operations of the 120MW Ashegoda wind farm, located around 775km from Addis Ababa and less than 20km from Mekele, Ethiopia.

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The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) has commenced operations of the 120MW Ashegoda wind farm, located approximately 775km from Addis Ababa and less than 20km from Mekele, Ethiopia.

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Built by French company Vergnet, the project, featuring 84 turbines with a total annual generation capacity of 400GWh, was executed in three phases, phase one (30MW), phase two (45MW) and phase three (45MW).

The project has received €210m in concessional loans as part of a financing agreement signed between Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and BNP Paribas to implement the project at Tigray in Ethiopia.

In October 2008, Vergnet was awarded the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract by EEPCO for the project in Ashegoda, Ethiopia.

The scope of the contract included the construction of wind turbines, wind energy converters, underground and OHL line, site office, workshop, cluster and HV substation.

Construction on the project was started in 2009 with completion set for 2011, but the delay in completion due to some logistical restraints.

"The scope of the contract included the construction of wind turbines, wind energy converters, underground and OHL line, site office, workshop, cluster and HV substation."

SINTEC had provided electromechanical works, while HYDRO had offered micro piles works for wind turbines and SARENS provided lifting works (towers and down-wind nacelles).

Alstom was responsible for electromechanical equipments supply, erection and commissioning of the substation, while RAMA carried out civil works such as access roads, turbines foundations and HV substation construction.

Ormazabal was awarded the contract to supply the MV cubicles including CGM.3 switchgears for 54 wind turbines (type ECO-74, 1.67 MW) for the project. The equipment will be installed at 2,500m above sea level.

The country plans to add up to 10,000MW generating capacity, most of the total is expected to come from the under construction 6,000MW Grand Renaissance hydro plant on the Nile. The plan also includes increasing wind power generation to more than 800MW and geothermal capacity to up to 100MW.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told Reuters that several studies have proved the existence of potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of Ethiopia.


Image: Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia begins electricity production. Photo: courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.

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