Reppie Waste to Energy Project might cause controversy between Ethiopian Electric Power and project contractors, Cambridge Industries
Ethiopia inaugurated today Reppie Waste to Energy plant which was reportedly constructed at a cost of US$95 million.
President Mulatu Teshome attended the inauguration ceremony and he is cited as saying that he is very pleased to see that the project is now completed and operational.
The Ethiopian Electric Power’s project is constructed on 37 hectares of land in outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa.
The project is said to be Africa’s first waste to energy facility and is expected to generate 185 gigawatts of electric power.
Apparently, there was a narrative on the part of Ethiopian Electric Power that the project will generate 50 MW (megawatt) of electric power to help increase power supply to Adids Ababa and its environs. Up on completion, however, it is learned that the plant can only generate 25 MW of electric power.
Ethiopian Electric power claims that it has reached an agreement with the contractors, Cambridge Industries, to get additional power transformers and spare parts to raise the electric generating capacity to 50 MW, according to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
Cambridge Industries, on other hand, told Fana Broadcasting Corporation that it did not have any agreement or negotiation with Ethiopian Electric Power to supply additional power transformers for the project. It was agreed from the outset that the project will generate 25 MW of power, not 50 says Cambridge Industries.
Fana did not mention if Ethiopian Electric is reached for clarification on the matter and if they have evidence for its claim.
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