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After Ethiopia’s state power utility proposed dividing into two, many employees of Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) fear losing their current job, Capital learnt. The corporation will split in to two divisions; Generation and Utility, after it receives permission from the Council of Ministers and the House of Peoples’ Representatives.
The generation division will be responsible for building and managing power generating stations while the utility division will be responsible for transmission and distribution of electricity. The generation division of the corporation will retain existing employees. The utility division is expected to employ new staff. The generation division will have 290 offices under its disposal while the utility division have 240 offices according to Capital sources in the corporation.
However, during the training held at Civil Service University in mid July, officials of the corporation argued that the restructuring will make the company more efficient while at the same time allowing everyone to keep their jobs.
The corporation has trained about 550 of its management teams in relation to the proposed structure, explaining how it is going to be applied. The second batch of trainees finished their classes last Friday while the third batch will begin next week.
EEPCo has been able to make a noticeable difference in the power sector of the country in the last decade. In the coming three years, the corporation plans to generate 10,000MW of electrical power, boosting its currently estimated 2,000MW of power generation capacity.
EEPCo requires 182.2 billion birr for generation, transmission and distribution of electric power in order to achieve its objectives envisioned in the country’s five year governing economic plan; the Growth and Transformation Plan that will dusk in 2015. From a total amount of envisioned budget, the biggest share of 122.8 billion birr will be committed to constructing dams and harnessing other power generation schemes such as geothermal, wind and solar power. The generation of electric power will consume 65 percent of the total cost. Currently, the country’s major source of electricity comes from hydro power.
Its ambitious plans have made the power utility company one of the most prolific federal entities. It seeks to dramatically expand its power producing capacity. Recently it revised the first 25 year electric sector master plan. This plan is expected to be released during the second quarter of the next budget year. The plan calls for generating 37,000MW of electric power as well as increasing the amount of electricity being exported.
EEPCo signed an agreement to export power with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Djibouti. Djibouti became the first country to receive up to 60 MW of electric power per day.