ETHIOPIA'S 50MW WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT COULD BE FIRST OF MANY
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.
Addis Ababa January 19/2013 Epiphany, commemoration of baptism of Christ, was celebrated colorfully throughout Ethiopia on Saturday among the followers of the Orthodox Christian Church (EOC). The holiday was celebrated with various religious and traditional songs as well as prayers.
Celebration of the day attracted a huge crowd including foreign tourists and diplomats. In particular here in the capital, Interim Patriarch of the EOC, Abune Nathnael said Epiphany is celebrated by prayers and thanksgiving for God's love to human beings. Addis Ababa City Administration Representative, Tadesse Benti on the occasion said the event is not only a religious holiday but also helps to promote the culture, history and tourism resource of the country.
Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Dr. Mohammed Idris on his part said epiphany is an event to express unity, peace and development. The eve of Epiphany, which is known as “Ketera,” was also celebrated colorfully last Friday in the presence of the clergy and thousands of faithful.