DNV GL is assessing the safety and reliability of turbines installed in the complex terrain at one of Africa’s largest wind farms. The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) has commenced operations of the MW Ashegoda wind farm, located approximately. Ashegoda windfarm outside Mekelle in Tigray state cost €m and builds on plan to create ‘climate resilient’ economy by

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Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Earth, wind and water: Ethiopia bids to be Africa’s powerhouse. The Ashegoda Wind Farm — Last month Ethiopia opened The Ashegoda Wind Farm — one of the continent’s largest — in a bid to boost its generating capacity over the next three to five years. The wind farm is expected to generate power throughout the year, except during the rainy season between June and September.

Story highlights Ethiopia is launching numerous renewable energy projects Ashegoda Wind Farm will be one of continent’s biggest Grand Renaissance Dam could generate 6, MW of electricity Ethiopia plans to export energy to neighboring countries.

Ethiopia is turning to renewable energy technology as the East African country looks to become a powerhouse for its regional partners.

Last month, Ethiopia launched one of the continent’s largest wind farm s in a bid to rapidly boost its generating capacity over the next three to five years. The Ashegoda Wind Farm and the Grand Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Nile, are just two of the major projects outlined in the Ethiopian government’s fatm Growth and Transformation Plan.


Both developments will see Ethiopia’s transition into one of the regions biggest energy exporters as electric output surges from 2, megawatts MW to 10, MW.

More than half of this is expected to come from the Renaissance Dam.

Africa’s giant infrastructure projects. And with further commitments to geothermal power and potential for oil exploration, Ethiopia’s energy resources are set to be among the most diversified in Africa. Jerome Douat, chief executive of Vergnetthe French wind turbine fafm contracted to build the Ashegoda farm, told CNN that Ethiopia is an energy “reservoir” in the region.

Kenya’s economy fark Westgate attack We want our tourists back. We want our tourists back Transforming downtown Johannesburg We have placed the turbines at 2, meters above sea level in one of the windiest places in Ethiopia. The wind farm, with a capacity of MW, is eind near the northern city of Mek’ele and sits next to the Great Rift Valley, which runs through the country.

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Will Tarm, sub-Saharan African energy analyst at African Energy Consultancysaid Ethiopia is aiming to be the region’s major supplier, working with foreign investors to provide power to neighbouring Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya. DR Congo’s mega dam ambitions. According to the country’s five-year plan, which runs tothe government is also seeking investment in geothermal and biofuel production to offset any problems with wind. Macpherson believes this will diversify the country’s energy supply, while adding that other African nations will soon begin to follow suit.


South Africa has also been very successful in developing renewable projects.

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Macpherson also noted that Ethiopia is keen on oil exploration in the Ogaden Basin. The field, which lies in the east of the country, is believed to contain vast oil and gas reserves, according to SouthWest energy, a national exploration company. The Ashegoda Wind Farm and the Grand Renaissance Dam mark a major leap forward for a country that spent parts of the last century ravaged by war and famine.

And while Ethiopia still faces major social problems with poverty and living standards, the country has managed to emerge as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, recording 8. The mega-dam, scheduled for completion by Julyis likely to spur economic growth further.

Sitting on the Blue Nile river, the dam will also serve neighboring Sudan and Egypt, despite concerns from those countries that Ethiopia will have too much control over a vital water source in the region. Last month, in a further move to boost energy supplies, the Ethiopian government signed ashegodq contract with U.

The plant is part of U. When complete, it will be Ethiopia’s biggest foreign direct investment, said the firm.