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Ethiopia plans to complete Koysha hydropower project in three years

Addis Ababa, October 22, 2020 (FBC) – The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) has announced plans to complete the construction of Koysha hydropower project in three years.

With 2,160 megawatts generation capacity, Koysha is the second largest hydropower project in Ethiopia, next to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).It is under construction on Omo River and has now reached 39%.

Dr Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, said more works are underway to complete the project in three years to achieve Ethiopia’s plan to reach universal access to electricity after five years.

Ethiopia is also building the GERD on Abay River to drive forward its economy by improving access to electricity. More than 65% of Ethiopians have no access to electricity.

The GERD project has reached 76.35% completion and is expected to start generating power in 2021.

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