ThermoHelix, a Canadian company that manufactures power generation systems from solid waste and sludge, announced plans to finance and erect a Waste-to-Energy plant in Ethiopia.The company has already submitted its proposal to the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and Addis Ababa City Administration to engage in the waste energy project back in December 2012.
The plant which is proposed to produce 115 mega watt of power from 1,400 tons of Municipal Solid Waste and 1,000 cubic metre of Domestic Sewage Sludge per day.
The plant is expected to cost US$ 177 million.
“The City Administration of Addis Ababa is interested and have been very cooperative, agreeing to provide us with seven hectares of land in the Kaliti area. We have also spoken to high level EEPCo officials about our plans and we are still waiting for them to get back to us,” said Daniel Ashagre, ThermoHelix Africa Regional Director.
The company's proposal has been lauded by authorities for its potential of supporting Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy Initiative (CRGE), the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), the National Electrification Plan and the city’s Green City Strategy.
ThermoHelix is awaiting the approval of the project by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corp.
Recently, Cambridge International Corporation, a UK based company has already concluded agreement to construct a waste-to-energy facility.
The city of Addis Ababa generates more than 2,000 tons of solid waste per day.