November 28, 2009 -- The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) is planning to build a second hydropower dam on the Tekeze River.
Mihiret Debebe, Chiefe Executive Officer of EEPCo, told The Reporter that the corporation was planning to build Tekeze some II 60-100 km downstream from Tekeze I, which was inaugurated two weeks ago.
According to Mihiret, Tekeze II will have an installed capacity of 600 MW. “This has been incorporated in the government’s ten-year development strategy. And it will be constructed when the required finance is secured from local or foreign sources,” Mihiret said. He added that the corporation has several bankable projects.
The Ethiopian government's ten-year development strategy aims at boosting the country’s total generation capacity to 15,000 MW. The government plans to produce 60,000 GWR of energy, according to the development strategy. It also has set a target of raising energy per capita consumption to 1000 KWH and electric power coverage to 100 percent.
Ethiopia has the capacity to generate 45,000 MW of hydropower electric power. It can also produce up to 5000 MW from geothermal sources.