New Ethiopia Power Plant Converts Waste into Energy

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Government and the British company Cambridge Industries behind the project reported that facility named Reppie is the first of its kind in Africa

Ethiopia started a power plant on August 19, 2018, which aims to convert waste into energy. The plan is located next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa, where a landslide killed more than 110 people in March 2017, due to construction of incineration plant next door. The project named as Reppie aims to turn 1,400 tons of waste per day into energy. Reppie is located beside a massive dump called as Koshe, which means ‘dirt’ in the country’s main Amharic language.

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.” Furthermore, for over 40 years Koshe serves as the main rubbish tip in Ethiopia’s capital, which has a rapidly rising population, currently at more than four million people.

Construction of building waste-to-power plant started in 2014, which accounted for US$ 118 million. Moreover, the incinerated waste will generate steam, which will be utilized to drive a turbine that generates electricity at a projected power of 25 megawatts per day. A photo taken March 12, 2017 showed that main landfill of Addis Ababa on the outskirts of the city, where Ethiopia has built a power plant to convert waste into energy.

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