President Mulatu Teshome recently unveiled the Reppie waste power plant that describes it as a practical demonstration of the government's strategy to reduce pollution and exploit the potential of the country's renewable energy.
Teshome said: "It is an important project of waste processing, recycling and environmental protection."
According to media reports, Ethiopia invested $ 96 million in the 25 MW project. "The project shows the commitment of Ethiopia to sustainable energy," says Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power.
Development, design and construction of the project were carried out by a consortium consisting of Cambridge Industries Ltd and its partner China National Electric Engineering Company, and under the auspices of the state power generator, Ethiopian Electric Power.
Meeting household electricity needs
In the media, engineer Samuel Zemichael, a Cambridge Industries representative, said the plant will process 1400 tons of municipal waste a day.
"It will also generate 185 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, connected to the national grid, which is the first large waste-to-power plant in Africa and could serve as a reference for waste processing in the region and the continent, for which revolutionary methods required, & # 39; & # 39; added Zemichael.
The generated electricity will also provide the capital with 30% electricity needs of households and meets global standards for air emissions.
The waste-to-power plant on the site of Koshe is Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump.
The project has created jobs for 1300 Ethiopians and 286 expats. Read more: Waste-to-energy to transform the energy outlook of Ethiopia
Samuel Alemayehu, managing director for Africa, Cambridge Industries, told CNN that they are hoping to develop similar waste-to-power plants in major cities in Africa such as Lagos, Nairobi and Kampala.
"After we've made a facility unique to Africa, our goal is to duplicate it at five locations, focusing on cities that need to build a new landfill site," Alemayehu said.
"Our goal is to build this facility and also create a renewable energy source that competes with fossil fuel-based power plants," he said.