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3-day World Hydropower Congress begins in Addis Ababa

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[来源]:网站管理员 [日期]:2017-05-09 

Only 10 percent of  Africa’s hydropower potential has been tapped, according to an energy expert.

At the opening  Tuesday of a three-day World Hydropower Congress in the Ethiopian capital Addis  Ababa, Liu Zhenya, chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection and  Cooperation Organization, said Africa could become a net hydropower  exporter to Europe and West Asia.

“Africa’s hydropower  stands at 10 percent of the continent’s potential,” he said.

The congress  organized by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) brought together  170 hydropower experts, government officials and representatives of  international agencies.

Rachel Kyte, CEO of  the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative, indicated the need for  better coordination during project inception and implementation.

“Too many projects  languish at early planning or pre-planning stages,” she said.

The host country  Ethiopia is building a $4.8 billion hydroelectric dam on the Nile River with an  installed capacity of 6,000 megawatts -- the largest on the continent.