Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Ethiopia: New dam tunnel collapses

The Sudan Tribune reports a water passage tunnel in Ethiopia's recently inaugurated 420 MW hydropower plant has reportedly collapsed, an NGO, International Rivers said.

In a press statement emailed to Sudan Tribune, the global NGO said that the Gilgel Gibe II project's core component, a 26-kilometer-long tunnel has partly collapsed, ten days after inaugurated, shutting down operations for an extended period.

The claims couldn't independently be verified at this point. Repeated attempts by Sudan Tribune to interview the Ethiopian Electric and Power (EEPCo) Spokes person didn't work after the official, once reached by phone; decline to comment on the reports.


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