Over 6,000 Ethiopia's rural towns
to be electrified next year: minister
May 14, 2007 - Xinhua
ADDIS ABABA,Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines
and Energy said Monday it has plans to electrify over
6,000 rural towns next year.
Minister of Mines and Energy Alemayehu
Tegenu told journalists that his ministry has designed
massive plans, whose implementation will ensure equitable
electric power supply to all regional states by 2008.
As part of the ministry's Energy Sector
Development Program, a 50 percent nationwide electric
power services coverage has been envisaged, he said.
Alemayehu said the country's hydroelectric
power generation capacity will be grown to 4,000 megawatt
from the current 790 upon the completion of the ongoing
hydroelectric power projects in the coming four years.
The plan will help meet energy demands
of the agriculture, industry and trade sectors, he
said, adding that it is expected to contribute significantly
to the nation's attainment of the Millennium Development
The MDGs, which were established in
2000 at the Millennium Summit in New York, include
eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving
universal primary education; promoting gender equality
and empower women; reducing child mortality; improving
maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other
diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and
developing a global partnership for development.
Ethiopia has a potential to produce
45,000 mega watt electric power but only 15 percent
of population have access to the electric power services.