Ethiopia opens plant to turn waste into energy
By Rolex Owino
Ethiopia has recently inaugurated a power plant that converts waste into energy. Named Reppie, the facility is the first of its kind in Africa, according to the government and the British company Cambridge Industries behind the project, and will turn 1,400 tons of waste per day into energy.
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said at the ceremony that the country “has been investing extensively in hydro power, geothermal, wind energy and now biomass to boost the manufacturing sector with a supply of clean, renewable energy.”
Reppie is located beside a massive dump-site called Koshe, a slang word for “dirt” in the country’s main Amharic language.
There for over 40 years, Koshe serves as the main dump-site in Ethiopia’s capital, which has a rapidly rising population – currently at more than four million people.
Building of the waste-to-power plant began in 2014 at a cost of around 118 million dollars (103 million euros). The incinerated waste will generate steam, which will then drive a turbine that produces electricity at a projected power-rateof 25 megawatts per day.
Source: African Strategic-Ventures (ASV) & Capitalfm.