ADDIS ABABA, August 19 (Xinhua) – Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy facility was opened on Sunday in the presence of high-ranking Ethiopian and foreign dignitaries.
The Reppie waste-to-energy facility, fully financed by the Ethiopian government, which is expected to process 1400 tons of solid waste per day.
The project, located in Addis Ababa, was built by China National Electrical Engineering Company (CNEEC).
Speaking at the inauguration event, Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said that investments in energy projects are crucial for Ethiopia to achieve its goal of becoming an environmentally-friendly industrialized middle-income economy by 2025.
"The growth of the energy sector was a major driver of economic growth in Ethiopia over the past years, because electricity supply is desperately needed to transfer the economy from predominantly agricultural to industrial and to attract local and foreign investors. "Teshome
" Ethiopia has invested extensively in hydropower, geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy and now biomass to support the manufacturing sector with a supply of clean, renewable energy, "he said. "Reppie waste-to-energy project is part of that big strategy."
"The Ethiopian government hopes that with the commissioning of this project, increasing urban waste death can become an economic blessing," he said. Zhang Yanfei, president of CNEEC, said the waste-to-energy facility is a big step forward to make Addis Ababa, a city with more than 4 million inhabitants, clean and healthy.
"As the first waste-to-energy Africa facility, the completion and operation of Reppie shows great vision," he said. "It has found a green road to urban development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Africa."
"Reppie is the best possible way to tackle the capital's waste problem while providing constant power," Zhang said.
Ambassador in Ethiopia Tan Jian said that the construction of the facility also increased the knowledge capacity of Ethiopians
"Construction is important Capacity building is just as important, if not more." This can be quite a challenge for many projects in Africa; software can be more important than hardware, "Tan said.
" Sustainable development and environmental protection are important components of the cooperation between China and Africa. "China supports Africa's efforts to achieve green, low-carbon and sustainable development," he said. "We actively participate in projects in the field of clean energy, nature conservation, environmentally friendly agriculture and smart cities."