The Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has unveiled plans to kickstart a network distribution rehabilitation initiative in Addis Ababa and ten other towns, with an investment of $100 million supported by the World Bank.
Gosaye T/Wold, Head of EEU’s Distribution Rehabilitation Program, informed the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) that preparatory measures are underway to initiate the network’s renovation and enhancement project within the next four months. This project aims to address the growing demand for energy in these areas by delivering high-quality and efficient services.
He emphasized that the aging distribution networks, in service for the past 40 years, are responsible for frequent power interruptions and outages, hindering the provision of electricity at the required level. The corporation has conducted feasibility studies to fully rejuvenate these outdated distribution networks using concrete poles, which are expected to last for more than fifteen years.
The project is equipped with cutting-edge electric facilities and technologies, including covered conductors with higher voltage-carrying capacity. It is divided into two sections, covering the East and West parts as well as the North and South of Addis Ababa, both of which are currently in the bidding process.
Additionally, the project encompasses the rehabilitation of 674 km of medium voltage distribution lines in Addis Ababa. International contractors will oversee the engineering, procurement, and construction processes.
The World Bank is providing a $100 million financial loan to support this significant project.