ADDIS ABABA-- A waste-to-energy project,the first of its kind in Africa, was inaugurated in Ethiopia Sunday.

The project, which involves an investment of 2.6 billion birr (about 95 million US dollars), is located at Raeppi, southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa, at a site commonly known as Koshe dump site, the only landfill for the capital for more than 50 years.

The project will enable the city to get 185 GigaWatt-Hours (GWh) of electricity annually and will incinerate more than 1,400 tons of waste daily. It was jointly constructed by Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) and its partner, China National Electric Engineering Co. (CNEEC) and the Danish Ramboll Engineering Company.

During the construction of the project, some 1,300 Ethiopian found temporary jobs while close to 300 expatriates were engaged in the project.

In large cities like Addis Ababa, waste-to-energy conversion has multifaceted advantages, including generating electricity, averting toxic chemical emissions into groundwater, and reduing the release of methane gas into the atmosphere.

The Raeppie project is one part of Ethiopia's strategy to tackle pollution and seize opportunities to produce renewable energy across all sectors of the economy. Currently, Ethiopia is constructing four hydro-power projects, including the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Genale-Dawa III and the Koysha Hydro-Power projects and the Ayisha wind farm.