Adama II Wind Farm will officially start operation tomorrow May 18, 2015 in the presence of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other invited government officials. The wind farm that has been constructed with a cost of USD 345 million is an extension of the Adama I wind farm, which has an installed generating capacity of 51MW.
Adama II Wind Farm is a project that was jointly being implemented by two Chinese companies HYDROCHINA and CGCOC, since July 2013. The wind farm is expected to produce 153 megawatt of electricity upon going fully operational which makes it the largest ever in the country as well as Africa it also has three times the capacity of the previously completed Adama I wind farm.
Besides the erecting of the wind turbines, the project also consisted of construction of transmission sub-stations that receive the electricity generated from the wind turbines and connect it to the national grid as well as the construction of a 2.6-km asphalt road.
It has been stated that the project has been instrumental for technology transfer and has helped facilitate one month training in Beijing, China for 22 Ethiopians. During the project’s period, Adama II had employed 900 Ethiopians as well as 200 Chinese with different expertise.
Adama II is expected to enable industries in Adama town and its surroundings get reliable power supply. It is stated that Ethiopia has a huge potential for wind energy and so far the country has managed to generate 171 megawatt of power from wind; from Adama I producing 51 megawatt and Ashegoda, Africa’s second largest wind farm built at a cost of USD 289.68 million and inaugurated in October 2013, producing 120 megawatt.