GE’s Grid Solutions has completed a $40M Electricity Transmission System Improvement project with Ethiopian Electric Power. The project will expand access to electricity by channelling a large portion electric power to the southern and south-western regions of the country.
“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. It will facilitate the implementation of the Universal Electrification Access program as well as Government’s ambition to export energy to Sudan”, said Wudineh Yemane, Project Manager, Ethiopian Electric Power.
“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. GE has always been a committed partner to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), and we are honored to be able to deliver the largest number of substations to EEP on a turnkey basis with this project.”
GE Power’s Grid Solutions provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management.
GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has created over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years.
“This project reinforces GE’s commitment to continuously support the government of Ethiopia in its efforts to upgrade the national grid and achieve its objective of making electricity accessible to all citizens”, said Daniel Hailu, GE’s Country Director in Ethiopia. “It will result in increased economic activities and enable Ethiopia to further exploit its energy potential” he added.