Chinese firms introducing new forms of energy into Ethiopia

January 29, 2014

Adama Wind Turbine Project
Adama Wind Turbine Project. The wind farm has a potential capacity of 51 MW with a total of 34 wind turbines each generating 1.5 MW

Building on support from foreign aid projects, the companies are remaking the economic and infrastructure landscape in the African nation

After a journey of 80 kilometers on the smooth Addis Ababa-Adama Toll Motorway, 34 white wind turbine towers came into view.

Arrayed along the Great Rift Valley, they were spinning in the wind. It was early December, the dry season in Ethiopia, and the undulating grasslands had turned yellow. In the far distance lay Addis Ababa.

The capital is just one part of Ethiopia where Chinese construction companies are changing the economic and infrastructure landscape of the African country.

The turbines, installed by HydroChina International Engineering Co Ltd, have supplied 200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to households in Ethiopia in the past 20 months.

Not far away, the second phase of the Adama Wind Farm Project, which will have 102 wind turbine towers, has been launched.

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