The 50 MW waste to energy plant to be built in Ethiopia by UK based Cambridge Industries is to be located in Repe (Koshe) and could be the first of 35, according to a report by Capital Ethiopia.
The report said that the facility will be owned by the state power utility company EEPCo and will provide around 100 skilled jobs in the area.
According to the report Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, director general of Ethiopia's Environmental Protection Authority said that the Repi waste disposal site, which started five decades ago, as a safe, distant and secure site, has been filled with massive amounts of waste and has become part of the city's landscape due to expanding urbanisation.
"Instead of suffering the stench of the waste disposal site sitting at our home, we can sit with added electricity in the grid, that gives us light at night," Berhan is reported to have said.
The Ethiopian government is finalising the 25 years integrated plan for the power sector according to Capital Ethiopia, with a preliminary study on waste to energy showing that there is a potential to generate electric power in about 35 cities.
Ethiopia's Minister of Water and Energy, Alemayehu Tegenu, is reported to have said that project is one step in Ethiopia's diversification of energy supply, helping to meet the power demands of Ethiopia's fast growing economy and helping to address the growing issue of waste management.
The minister reportedly added that EEPCO in collaboration with the Addis Ababa city Administration, is working to ensure waste collection is streamlined to become efficient using streamlined collection system with new specially designed waste collection vehicles.
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