ADDIS ABEBA – Germany’s Voith has signed with the government of Ethiopia an agreement to provide service and operations consultancy for Gilgel Gibe 2 hydropower plant.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Dr. Seleshi Bekele and Mark Claessen, Managing Director Voith Hydro East Africa, at a G20 investment summit.
The main scope of the two-year contract is to optimize energy production at the plant.
This will be achieved by modernizing the maintenance systems, implementing digital solutions and providing knowledge transfer through special training programs, Voith said.
All the local activities will be exclusively provided by Ethiopian Voith experts, the company said.
Gilgel Gibe 2 is located about 300km south-east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba.
Voith supplied Gilgel Gibe 2 with four Pelton turbines and generators, the entire mechanical and electrical equipment and also trained the plant operator’s staff.
Managing director Claessen said, “together with the plant operator Ethiopian Electric Power we want to utilize the whole potential of the hydropower plant Gilgel Gibel II”.
“We succeed in this by reducing unplanned downtimes and failures to a minimum,” he said. “A stable and sustainable energy supply is the foundation for social and economical development in Ethiopia and many other African countries”.
With a hydropower potential of 45,000 megawatts, Ethiopia has one of the largest hydropower resources on the African continent.
Since 2011, the country supports the development of renewable energy and wants to become an energy hub for East Africa in the medium term.
Image: The hydropower plant Gilgel Gibe II in Ethiopia.