Indian firm wins rural electrification order from Ethiopia

21 April 2005 – India’s KEC International, part of the RPG Group has won four contracts worth Rs2.31bn ($52.9m) from Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation under rural electrification project in that country.

Three contracts are for construction of power distribution networks and include erecting 33kV/400 kV voltage distribution lines for about 2450 kms for rural electrification through out Ethiopia, KEC International said in a statement here today.

Spread over hilly and forest terrain, the total length of the 33kV lines is more than 2000 km, while low voltage lines are approximately over 450 km

The scope of the project which is funded by African Development Bank also includes installing 180 low voltage substations and after completion the lines will electrify over 40,000 rural households.

The fourth contract is for 230 kV single circuit transmission line from Combolcha to Semera (180 km) and Semera to Dicheto (63 km).

“These new orders signify the confidence of power utilities throughout the world in KEC’s capabilities of adding value through efficient project management and execution. KEC will continue to develop new markets, focus upon Value-Chain expansion and improve operational efficiency,” its managing director Ramesh Chandak said.