Ethiopia’s Derba Midroc Cement Factory announced that it is getting closer to beginning production with its revised launch date slated for the end of June 2011. However, in order to do so, it is critical the factory receives a 50MW power supply from the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), according to Haile Assegdie, CEO of Derba Midroc Cement Factory.
"One of the major problems we have been facing is in obtaining electricity," Haile told local press. "We requested the electricity supply four years ago, but we have been met with only delays by the EEPCo. We have already delayed unnecessarily while we must test the motors and we have not done that."
To speed up delivery, Derba Midroc had constructed a substation at the factory and installed a 132kV transmission connecting it to the factory.