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Vol 2 (AAC) No 12

Published 1st October 2009


Ethiopia

Power surge in Addis

The Ethiopian government is launching one of Africa's most ambitious cooperation programmes with China to build several new power stations

Ethiopia has signed contracts with Chinese construction companies to build two huge dams as part of a US$12 billion, 25-year Power Sector Master Plan to harness the country's hydropower potential. It is one of several deals in which China will finance and build the facilities to allow Ethiopia to expand domestic power coverage and to export power to its power-starved East African neighbours. These deals mark the first time that the World Bank has been overtaken as the major financier of hydropower development in Ethiopia. It also shows the willingness of Chinese companies to invest in sustainable energy technology in Africa through the building of wind farms.

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