Ethiopian Electric Power
(EEP) has hired China Gezhouba Group to execute the pre-commissioning
activities of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for $40.1m.
EEP also awarded a $113m contract
to Voith Hydro Shanghai for electrical, mechanical, and various civil and
structural works required to finish the GERD.
The moves are intended to “pick
up the pace of the dam”, reported Fana, the state broadcaster.
China Gezhouba is expected to
“work aggressively in partnership with other companies” to complete the project
on schedule, EEP chief executive Abraham Belay said.
GERD’s main contractor is Italy’s
In December a project official
warned that possible defects in electro-mechanical work on the hydropower
scheme carried out by a now-disgraced state-owned company could add four more years to the construction schedule, pushing
completion out to 2022.
That company, the military-run
conglomerate Metal and Engineering Corporation (Metec), was fired from the
project in August over delays to the M&E work, including the turbines.
Situated on the Blue Nile, the
GERD dam has been under construction since 2011 and is reported to be about
It has sparked diplomatic
tensions with Egypt, which worries about its water supply, but expressions of
good will have marked recent talks between the countries.
The dam will dramatically increase the country’s power generation capacity, and Ethiopians see it as central to Ethiopia’s development and prestige.http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/chinese-firms-brought-pick-pace-ethiopias-nile-dam/