GE’s Grid Solutions business announced it has completed a $40M Electricity Transmission System Improvement turnkey project with Ethiopian Electric Power to build 11 new high voltage substations in southern Ethiopia.
Aligning with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan, the project will raise access to electricity by transferring bulk electric power to the southern and south-western parts of the country. New substations will also help reduce technical losses in the transmission system.
“This project will support overall electrification plans of Ethiopia, provide sustainable power and allow the transmission of reliable power from the interconnected system to demand centers across the country and in the region”, said Wudineh Yemane, Project Manager, Ethiopian Electric Power. “It will facilitate the implementation of the Universal Electrification Access program as well as Government’s ambition to export energy to Sudan.”
Over 70% of people in Ethiopia have no access to electricity although the grid covers about 60% of the towns in the country. “There is urgent need for household electrification” said Lazarus Angbazo, Regional Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions Business in Sub-Saharan Africa. “This project will significantly reduce high transmission losses while improving system efficiency, stability and reliability.”