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Tekeze Hydropower Dam in Ethiopia resume producing 150MW of electricity

Devdiscourse News Desk | Addis Ababa | Updated: 10-05-2019 19:27 IST | Created: 10-05-2019 19:27 IST
Tekeze Hydropower Dam in Ethiopia resume producing 150MW of electricity
Only 25 percent or one of the four turbines of Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam was generating power. Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam has a total capacity of generation 300 megawatts of electric power. Image Credit: Pexels

After several months of dysfunction, two turbines of Tekeze Hydropower Dam in Ethiopia have recommenced producing 150 megawatts of electricity.

The two turbines have restarted producing 150 megawatts of electricity this week after being out of service for several months, according to Moges Mekonnen Alemu, Corporate Communications Director of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). Moges told NewBusinessEthiopia.com today that the CEO of EEP, Dr. Abreham Belay, is currently visiting Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam and the nearby Ashegoda Windfam in the northern part of Ethiopia.

Only 25 percent or one of the four turbines of Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam was generating power. Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam has a total capacity of generation 300 megawatts of electric power. With the recommissioning of the two turbines Tekeze will now be able to generate a total of 225 megawatts of electricity, according to Mr. Moges.

He stated that three of the four turbines of Tekeze Hydropower Dam were out of service mainly due to mechanical problems, partly caused following the water level decline, which often causes some parts of the turbines not to function properly.

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