- Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has revived two turbines at the Tekezé hydroelectric power plant in northern Ethiopia after several months of total shut down.
- The shutdown was partly caused by a drop in water level of the Tekezé River.
- The power plant has four 75 MW (101,000 hp) turbines, generating 300 MW of electricity
Moges Mekonnen Alemu, Corporate Communications Director of EEP confirmed the reports and explained that three turbines were out of service mainly due to mechanical problems, caused in part by the drop in the water level of the Tekezé River which led to malfunctioning in some parts of the turbines.
Moges affirmed that the turbines will once again supply 150 MW after a total shutdown period of several months. “Tekeze Hydroelectric Dam has a total capacity of generation 300MW of electric power. With the recommissioning of the two turbines it will now be able to generate a total of 225MW of electricity. The repairs carried out by the Ethiopian public company have not been completed: one last turbine is still out of service”.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal