ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia’s first waste-to-energy facility was inaugurated on Sunday in the
presence of high-level Ethiopian and foreign dignitaries.
Reppie waste-to-energy facility, fully financed by the Ethiopian
government, expected to process 1,400 tons of solid waste daily.
project, located in Addis Ababa, was constructed by China National
Electrical Engineering Company (CNEEC).
Speaking at the inauguration event, Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome
said investment in energy projects are crucial if Ethiopia is to achieve
its aim of becoming an environmentally friendly industrialized
middle-income economy by 2025.
growth of energy sector has been a key driver of economic growth in
Ethiopia over the last several years, this happened because electricity
supply is much needed in order for the economy to transition from
predominantly agricultural to industrial and to attract local and foreign
investors,” Teshome said.
“Ethiopia has been investing extensively in hydro power, geothermal, wind
energy, solar energy and now biomass to boost the manufacturing sector
with a supply of clean, renewable energy,” he said. “Reppie
waste-to-energy project is part of that grand strategy.”
ABABA (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome
(front) cuts the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of the Reppie
waste-to-energy facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aug. 19, 2018.
XINHUA PHOTO: MICHAEL TEWELDE
Ethiopian government hopes with the commissioning of this project it can turn an
increasing urban rubbish menace into an economic boon,” he said. Zhang Yanfei,
presidentof CNEEC, said the waste-to-energy facility is one big step forward to
make Addis Ababa, a city with a population of over 4 million, clean and healthy.
first waste-to-energy facility, Reppie’s completion and operation shows great
vision,” he said. “It has found a green road to urban development in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia and Africa.”
the best possible way to address the capital city’s garbage problem, while
providing steady power supply” Zhang said.
Ambassador to Ethiopia Tan Jian said the construction of the facility also
boosted the knowledge capacity of Ethiopians.
is important. Capacity-building is equally important, if not more. For many
projects in Africa, this could be quite a challenge; software could be more
important than hardware,” Tan said.
development and environmental protection are major components of China-Africa
cooperation. China supports Africa’s endeavor towards green, low carbon and
sustainable development,” he said. “We actively participate in projects on clean
energy, wildlife protection, environmentally friendly agriculture and smart