50 MW “Waste-to-Energy Plant” to be Built in Ethiopia by UK Based Cambridge Industries

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Jan. 23, 2013

The 50 MW Waste-to-Energy Plant” Could be First of Many to Come

The 50 MW waste to energy plant to be built in Ethiopia by UK based Cambridge Industries is to be located in Repe (Koshe) and could be the first of 35, according to a report by Capital Ethiopia.

The report said that the facility will be owned by the state power utility company EEPCo and will provide around 100 skilled jobs in the area.

According to the report Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, director general of Ethiopia’s Environmental Protection Authority said that the Repi waste disposal site, which started five decades ago, as a safe, distant and secure site, has been filled with massive amounts of waste and has become part of the city’s landscape due to expanding urbanisation.

“Instead of suffering the stench of the waste disposal site sitting at our home, we can sit with added electricity in the grid, that gives us light at night,” Berhan is reported to have said.

The Ethiopian government is finalising the 25 years integrated plan for the power sector according to Capital Ethiopia, with a preliminary study on waste to energy showing that there is a potential to generate electric power in about 35 cities.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Water and Energy, Alemayehu Tegenu, is reported to have said that project is one step in Ethiopia’s diversification of energy supply, helping to meet the power demands of Ethiopia’s fast growing economy and helping to address the growing issue of waste management.

The minister reportedly added that EEPCO in collaboration with the Addis Ababa city Administration, is working to ensure waste collection is streamlined to become efficient using streamlined collection system with new specially designed waste collection vehicles.

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The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and Cambridge Industries Ltd Friday signed an agreement providing for the development of the first waste-to-energy plant in Sub- Saharan Africa. The facility would be located adjacent to the largest landfill in the nation, the Reppie ( Koshe) landfill in Addis.

The agreement was signed by EEPCo Chief Executive Officer Mihret Debebe and Cambridge Industries Ltd General Manager Robert Seabrook.

After the signing ceremony, Mihret said that the technology is ideal for managing municipal solid waste and converting it to electricity. ”The proposed 50 MW power plant will deliver various benefits such as put 180 MW clean/ green power to the grid, has relative speed of delivery compared to others source power, ability to replace the existing expensive and non-green power plants, diversify the current power sources, hydrothermal peak and base-load balance, attracts contentious sustainable garbage management, creating reasonable size of job opportunity,” he added.

According to a preliminary study done on waste-to-energy power generation in Ethiopia, there is a huge potential to generate power in about 35 cities. ” This is self sustaining source without any additional fuel source required for operation. It is a milestone for our journey in the development of waste energy with the potential to generate 180MW annually.”

Phto: EEPCo CEO Mihret Debebe and Cambridge Industries Ltd GM Robert Seabrook after signing the agreement

The plant is scheduled to be completed within 18 months at a cost of 120 million USD. It would generate power utilizing the over 500 tonnes of manciple waste from the new Reppie transfer station daily.

Seabrook on his part said that renewable energy is instrumental in supporting actions to protect the environment ” What is the list disgusting is the immense challenge the growing level of municipal waste pause to emerging economies and fast growing, rapidly organizing Africa.”

EEPCo and Addis Ababa city have demonstrated tremendous vision and seeking an innovative solution to these challenges by adopting a technology that is being used extensively to rap waste to dispose of municipal waste and at the same time to converting it to valuable renewable energy, he added.

Seabrook said: ”Today is a day that Ethiopians rightly need to celebrate as other countries in Africa to to emerging world focus on the example being set here in Addis. Africa has for so many years look to Ethiopia on its environmental leadership as evidenced in the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s climate resilient green economy initiative.”

”Cambridge technology would deliver both maximum technology electrical efficiency as well as ultra modern back and gas cleaning technology to ensure minimal emissions and complaints with the strict observance of AU environmental standards”, he said.

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