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ThermoHelix, a Canadian company that manufactures power generation systems from solid waste and sludge, has announced plans to finance and build a high-efficiency Waste-to-Energy facility in Ethiopia.
The company tabled its proposal to the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and Addis Ababa City Administration to engage in the waste energy project back in December 2012 at an estimated cost of USD 177 million.
“The City Administration of Addis Ababa is interested and have been very cooperative, agreeing to provide us with seven hectares of land in the Kaliti area. We have also spoken to high level EEPCo officials about our plans and we are still waiting for them to get back to us,” said Dr. Daniel Ashagre, Africa Regional Director for ThermoHelix.
The company says the facility would produce 115 MW of power from 1,400 tons of Municipal Solid Waste and 1,000 cubic metre of Domestic Sewage Sludge per day. According to Daniel, this will also allow it to produce 37 MW of electricity.
The Solid Waste Recycling and Disposal office of the Addis Ababa City Administration said the city needs an effective waste disposal system.
It also said ThermoHelix’s proposed project was an opportunity that supports the objectives of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy Initiative (CRGE), the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), the National Electrification Plan and the city’s Green City Strategy.
“We hope and expect that ThermoHelix will be able to start its project as soon as possible. We have given them the green light and now it is up to EEPCo to approve the project. We are always in need of such companies to help us with waste disposal,” said Shibru Tefera, Head of the city’s Solid Waste Recycling and Disposal Project Office.
He added that the city generates more than 2,000 tons of solid waste per day, but the collection capacity of the city administration is inadequate. “The project has been delayed because we have yet to receive a response from EEPCo. If the company doesn’t get a response soon and there is further delay, ThermoHelix plans to take the project proposal to Uganda. Taking into consideration the need for an efficient waste disposal system as well as energy in the city, I hope will get a response from EEPCo soon,” said Daniel.
EEPCo’s Public Relations Head, Miseker Negash, said that there was no progress concerning the project proposal by ThermoHelix on EEPCo’s side.
A British Company, Cambridge International Corporation, has already made a three-party agreement to construct a waste-to-energy plant which will be able to process 500 tons of solid waste per day.