ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) said that Tekeze hydro-electric Dam’s three turbines restarted to generate electric power.
Reports were saying that the dam has failed to generate in its full capacity while authorities remained tight-lipped on the reason.
Moges Mekonnen, corporate communication director of EEP, told DW Amharic that the turbines were non-functional due to lack of spare parts.
Three of the four turbines built on the Tekeze River have now been repaired and restarted to generate power, he said
Tekeze power generation plant currently generates 225 MW of electric power, according to the Ethiopian Electric Power.
Located in the northern part of Tigray Regional State, the powerhouse contains four 75 MW turbines, with a generating capacity of 300 MW of electricity.
The remaining one turbine will soon “be back in business”, Moges added.
At the time of its completion almost a decade ago, the 185 metres Dam was Africa’s largest double-curvature arch dam, and helped to reduce power shortages as Ethiopia’s power demand increases.