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POWERCHINA finishes construction on Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy project

Updated: 2018-09-10

Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy facility, built by the Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), was recently inaugurated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, and Chinese, American, British and Danish ambassadors to Africa in attendance.

The Reppie waste-to-energy facility serves as Africa and Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy project, the first China-Ethiopia cooperation in the environmental protection sector, and POWERCHINA's first green and low-carbon power plant built in a country along the Belt and Road. It has attracted great attention from high-level African dignitaries, with more than 10 mayors of African cities having visited the project site.

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said the project is an environmental protection one with crucial social benefits and is expected to transform increasing waste into economic benefits.

"The power plant is a highlight of Ethiopia-China cooperation and a model project for Ethiopia and Africa, and it is more effective in waste treatment than in power generation," an authority of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation noted.

The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa has struggled with solid waste management for decades, with all the waste generated by the city's 4 million plus population ending up at Koshe - the capital's only dumpsite. The 50-megawatt (MW) Reppie facility is expected to process 437,500 tons of solid waste annually to address the capital city's garbage problem, while also providing a steady power supply.

POWERCHINA finishes construction on Ethiopia's first waste-to-energy project

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome speaks at the construction site. [Photo/POWERCHINA]