Ethiopian Factories Ordered to Halve Power Use, Capital Reports – By Jason McLure (Bloomberg)

February 15th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s state-run power utility, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corp., has ordered factories in the country to halve energy consumption following the collapse of a tunnel that halted production at the country’s largest power plant, Capital reported.

Repairing the tunnel to the Gilgel Gibe II hydropower station could take as long as two months and cost as much as 18 million euros ($24.5 million), the Addis Ababa-based newspaper said, citing Mihret Debebe, general manager of the utility.

Rolling blackouts began in the capital, Addis Ababa, earlier this month. More than 90 percent of Ethiopia’s electricity comes from hydropower.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa via Johannesburg on pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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