Chinese Firm to Supply GERD Turbines

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has awarded Voith Hydro Shanghai, a German-based Chinese firm, a 77.9-million-dollar deal to supply, install and test six turbine generators for the Great Ethiopian Renascence Dam (GERD).

The firm had previously been working with Metals & Engineering Corporation (MetEC) to supply parts for the turbines.

The agreement was signed between the CEO of EEP, Abraham Belay (PhD), and the Vice President of Voith, Tang Xu, on January 10, 2019.

“Several measures are being taken to bring the pace of the construction of the dam to its initial condition, and this agreement will help us make up for the mistakes made in the past,” said Abraham.

“Voith has been working on several projects in Ethiopia and will collaborate with other companies involved in the project to achieve good quality work in the agreed time frame,” said Tang Xu.

This agreement follows contracts made with French and Chinese firms to supply and install 16 turbines at the dam.

EEP is now responsible for the project after MetEC was stripped of its management role at the project.

Published on Jan 12,2019 [ Vol 19 ,No 976]



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