Hirgigo Power Plant to Supply Mines

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The end of Power cuts. Hirgigo Power Plant output Capacity increased to 132 MW.

By Africa Intelligence,

According to our sources, the second stage of the Hirgigo thermal power plant in Eritrea, which will increase output from 88 MW to 132 MW thanks to the Shanghai Corporation for Foreign Economic and Technological Cooperation (SCFETC), is expected to be completed early in the new year. SCFETC , which has orders worth $340 million on its books in Eritrea, has every interest in completing construction of the plant as quickly as possible, if only to supply power to its own gold mine at Zara which it bought in 2012 from Australia’s Chalice Gold Mines Ltd.

But the extension will also benefit inhabitants of Asmara who endure multiple power cuts by the Eritrea Electricity Authority (EAA). There are many reasons for the shortfall in supply. On one hand, current output at Hirgigo, the biggest plant in the country, and that of Belaza (17 MW) account for 90% of all supply in Eritrea and lose 18% of the power they generate.

Then come mandatory halts for maintenance which reduce available capacity by half. By comparison, well-maintained systems can guarantee a regular supply of about 85% of optimum capacity.

But Asmara’s electricity headache has also been worsened in recent months by a rise in demand from the Massawa Cement Factory which exports part of its output to Qatar for the construction of stadiums for the World Cup football championship in 2022.


23 thoughts on “Hirgigo Power Plant to Supply Mines

    1. I wish EVERYONE a blessed, happy, peaceful, and prosperous new year!

      TesfaNews admin, thank you for keeping us all updated, and keep up the great job you're doing! Happy new year to you and your loved ones!

  1. Bruh Tesfa, anatemetna kem bahgna nay ibiet, selamn, hadnetn amet Yigberelna. Amen!
    Let it be the year of prosperity, peace and unity! Love to Eritrea!
    Nostalgic pictures and music, thank you for sharing Tesfa News.

    RHUS HADISH AMET …………

  2. TesfaNews, thank you for your hard work but I don’t think it is wise or legal to publish content that is for paid subscribers. You can get into legal trouble if they find out.

  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR GREAT-ERITREA. HAPPY NEW YEAR TESFANEWS AND ALL ITS STAFF. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO GREAT-ERITREANS INSIDE THE BELOVED COUNTRY AND OUTSIDE. GREAT ARTICLE INDEED. BUT WE NEED MORE ELECTRICAL POWER IN GREAT-ERITREA. BECAUSE WITH OUT ELECTICITY ONE COUNTRY CAN NOT ADVANCE IT'S ADVACED AGE. WE ALSO NEED TO PUSH ON OUR SOLAR ENERGY AND WIND ENERGY. TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE CAN NOT HAPPEN IN THE DARK. NICE START THOUGH. BUT I HAVE ONE QUESTION DON'T WE NEED A LOT OF CEMENT INSIDE GREAT-ERITREA? WHY ARE WE SHIPPING THEM TO QATAR? I KNOW WE NEED MONEY BUT FIRST YOU HAVE TO SATISFY THE LOCAL CONSUMERS AM RIGHT OR WRONG. THANKS ANYWAY TESFANEWS. ONCE AGAIN THIS IS JUST MY OPINION.

  4. Thank you for the new year wishes. I am hoping 2014 would be as fruitful as 2013.
    Together we can make it better. Let's stay united and most importantly well informed about our country – the good, the bad and the ugly. An informed citizen is a good citizen.

  5. No thank you and your whole staff of the wonderful job you guys are doing. And I hope you and your dedicated staff would work even harder to inform all of us citizens of Great-Eritrea who really have a lack updated second by second news about our beloved country. And I hope and Wish that 2014 will be the year that All African leaders would for once focus on pleasing and giving their priorities to their country and country men/women other than serving the interest of the west. God Bless you Tesfanews for your fearful and honest and paying attention to your commentators Keep it up

  6. Asmarino bela:
    Dude I don't even know what are u talking about bro. Entay ekha ketebel delikha zeleka wala mereda abeuni? Anyway happy new year brother.

  7. You make my day,I want to hear more this kind of good News.We need more and bigger Power Plants for our factories to run effectively .My hats off to the gov.When they do this kind of outstanding jobs,we have to encourage them and vice versa.

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