Ethiopia to Build Its Fourth Wind Farm

Ethiopia is going to construct the fourth wind farm for the country that will generate 120 megawatt at an outlay of 257 million USD. The wind farm is going to be built in Somali State.

The project is going to be undertaken by the Chinese firm, Dongfang Electric Corporation.

According to Public Relation and Communication Director of Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Bizuneh Tolcha, the project will be launched by the coming July.

"The wind farm project is expected to need 18 months to finish, cost about 257 million US dollars to construct with 85 percent of the funding coming from the China's Export-Import Bank and the rest from the Ethiopian government," the Director noted.

The project when completed will give Ethiopia its fourth wind farm. The other 3 are Ashegoda, Adama I and Adama II each with capacity to produce 120 megawatt, 51 megawatt and 153 megawatt respectively.

The plan by the Ethiopian government is to increase its electricity generation capacity by 2020 to 17,300 megawatt from 4,200 megawatt where it stands currently.

Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporation

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