Addis Ababa August17/2018 The Reppie waste-to-energy project built at the cost of 95 million USD on 37 hectares of land is to be inaugurated on Sunday, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
EEP External Relations Director Misikir Negash told ENA the project, which is fully financed by the government, will be inagurated on Sunday.
In waste-to-energy incineration plants, rubbish is burned in a combustion chamber and the resulting heat is used to boil water until it turns to steam, which drives a turbine generator that produces electricity.
The facility is expected to produce 185GWH of electricity annually that will be siphoned to the Ethiopian national grid and will incinerate over 1,400 tons of waste every day.
Africa’s first ever waste to energy facility, the first of its kind commenced full construction in Addis Ababa in September 2014.
The project is jointly constructed by Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) and its partner China National Electric Engineering Co. (CNEEC).
The project, which is located in Kolefe Keranio Sub-city, provides employment opportunities for 1,300 employees and has been instrumental in promoting skill transfer in the sector.
This project effectively linking environmental protection with generation of renewable energy for the country and process around 350,000 tonnes of waste annually.
Reppie Waste-to-Energy in Ethiopia will support in reducing poverty conditions through increasing access to electricity, creating jobs and improving the environment to the benefit of human health, thus it will serve as a model for other countries in the region, and around the world.
For more than five decades, the Reppie dump site has been the only landfill in Addis Ababa.
It was recalled that last year a landslide on the dump site killed 114 people, prompting the government to proclaim three days of mourning.