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Alstom Grid wins contract to reinforce Ethiopia’s expanding electricity network | Africa

Alstom Grid wins contract to reinforce Ethiopia?s expanding electricity network

Alstom Grid, the global expert in electrical grid performance, has been awarded a ?36 million contract by Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) as part of the country?s Electricity Transmission System Improvement Project (ETSIP). This project, backed by the African Development Bank, is part of a national plan to strengthen Ethiopia?s growing transmission network, meeting increasing energy needs while supporting fast-paced development and contributing to the reduction of poverty. Alstom Grid will be responsible for delivering two greenfield air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations, as well as the extension and refurbishment of nine existing AIS substations, with voltage levels ranging from 66 kV to 230 kV, located between Addis Ababa and the South-
Sudanese border.
In all, the project will allow the network to handle greater electrical loads, including the integration of renewable energy sources, with increased reliability and efficiency. Over the last three years, Ethiopia has substantially increased its electricity production capacity to 2000 MW.
Plans are underway to raise that number to 10,000 MW with greater reliance on hydro and wind power. Targets include increasing access to electricity from 41% to 75% of the population within the next five years.
With over 20 years of experience in Ethiopia, Alstom Grid is committed to supporting the nation?s sustainable energy plans. Recent partnerships include the Ashegoda Wind Farm Substation, to be completed in the next few weeks.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2011-11-03