Koysha Hydropower project

PM: Koysha Hydropower Project Making Progress

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday reviewed the Koysha hydropower project progress and said its construction work reached 62%.

The €2.2bln megaproject in the South West Ethiopia region is the second largest hydropower plant under construction in the country, next to the Grand Ethiopian Reinsurance Dam (GERD).

The dam, when complete, will create a reservoir containing 6000 million cubic meters of water. The PM office says it will have an installed capacity of 1800 megawatts.

Abiy went to the site in South West Ethiopia region on Wednesday to review the progress of the project being built by the Italian construction company WeBuild.

“I’m pleased to witness the stage of construction has reached 62% through our reformed project management and follow up processes,” Abiy said after his twelfth visit to the site since 2020.

Ethiopia invested substantial public resources in expanding its hydropower capacity, helping its installed capacity to more than quadruple between 2009 and 2022, and reach 5,340 MW.

However, the country still has the highest electricity access deficit rate of 51% in 2020. Authorities expect the ongoing power generation projects to help meet the demand.

According to Ethiopian Electric Power, Koysha alone can produce 6460 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy, avoiding the emissions of one million CO2 a year.

“Our national clean energy endeavor is unparalleled as we possess the first and third largest hydroelectric dams in Africa, the GERD and Koysha, respectively,” PM Abiy said,

In Koysha, the PM also plans to inaugurate another project of his ‘Dine for the Nation’ initiative which aims to develop tourism destinations across the country.

The Elephant Paw Lodge inside the Chebera Churchura National Park is scheduled for official opening in the coming days.

“The Koysha Dam and its vicinity will also contribute to the tourism potential of the area,” the PM wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Friday.

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