NORPLAN, as lead, in association with Norconsult and Lahmeyer International has been awarded a contract for the feasibility study of Baro and pre-feasibility study of Karadobi Hydropower Projects in Ethiopia.
The contracts cover three individual projects, namely Baro 1 and 2, and a pre-feasibility study for Karadobi. Karadobi is planned on the Abay River, also known as the Blue Nile in Northern Ethiopia, while Baro 1 & 2 are on the Baro River in Eastern Ethiopia, a tributary to the White Nile flowing towards Sudan. While the exact sizing of Karadobi is not yet clear, the preliminary estimate indicates a plant with an installed capacity of 1000 1600 MW. The planned installed capacity at Baro 1 is 170 MW and at Baro 2 it is 480 MW. An alternative utilising the potential of Baro River in 3 Hydropower plants shall also be studied.
Under the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), and its Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Programme (ENSAP) the Baro and Karadobi projects have been identified for study and development. ENSAP includes Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and focuses on integrated water resources management, flood management, power generation and interconnection, irrigation and drainage and watershed management. The projects are intended to provide income and improvements in the region and create win-win situations for the countries involved.
The study includes studies of the power market and transmission system, as a production increase in Ethiopia represents attractive opportunities for power sales to neighbouring Egypt and Sudan.
Development of hydropower plants in Ethiopia will have effects downstream including in Egypt. An analysis of multipurpose use of water and of downstream benefits will be carried out, covering issues such as flood control, drinking water supply, irrigation potential and navigation. The study also includes Environmental Impact Assessments and Social Impact Assessments.
The Client is the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Ethiopia.
The total contract value is NOK 20,5 million among the three JV partners.
Together with the feasibility studies of the 300 + 90 MW Geba 1&2 Hydropower Projects that the NORPLAN-Norconsult JV is currently carrying out, this new contract secures continuity and a strengthened market position in Ethiopia for NORPLAN.