Ethiopian Airlines Inaugurates $9mln Power Substation

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group on Saturday inaugurated its own electric power substation, built at a cost of 9 million US dollars..

This dedicated substation will supply uninterrupted power to Bole International Airport and Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters, the national flag carrier says.

Constant power outages have been affecting the airline’s operations at its main hub, per the Group’s CEO Mesfin Tasew.

The new substation connected directly with the national grid would alleviate the issue, Mesfin told reporters on Saturday.

The civil and installation of the substation cost 9 million US dollars, per ENA news agency report. The carrier also spent 60 million Birr on compensation and 40 million Birr more on corporate responsibility activities in Bole Sub-City.

The power substation now receives 80 Megawatts from the national grid at Kotebe and Kaliti.

Last year, Ethiopian carried 13.7 million passengers through its main hub in Addis Ababa.

The airline operates 144 aircraft to more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.