Work is underway to secure the electricity supply in Debre Markos and Shashemene towns.
Mentesnot Tesfaye, Project Manager of the six towns, said the Disbilization Network Reconstruction and Capacity Building Project is underway to improve the power supply in Debre Markos and Shashemene towns.
The project will cover the construction of a 95-kilometer line, a 55.25-kilometer sub-line and the lifting of existing lines, upgrading of 15 existing distribution transformers, 21 new distribution transformers and 3,857 concrete poles.
Similarly, 99.73 km mid-line, 86.2 km sub-line upgrade and lifting of existing lines, upgrading of 17 existing district transformers, 27 new distribution transformers and 5,372 concrete poles will be installed in Shashemene town, he said.
He said the project is being implemented by a Chinese contractor with 9 million 562,906.54 USD loans and 67 million 791 thousand 61 Birr 38 cents.
According to the manager, the design and technical specification of the basic dispersion equipment has been completed.
Out of the 9,229 medium and low line poles required for the project, 4,797 have been produced and transported to Shashemene and Debre Markos towns, he said.
According to the Electric Service, the six cities are working to accelerate the reconstruction and capacity building project of the six cities to 95 percent by the end of the current budget year.
The Ethiopian Electric Service (EES) is planning to upgrade and rebuild power lines in six towns of Gondar, Adigrat, Harar, Shashemene, Debre Markos and Wolayita Sodo at a cost of 2.5 billion birr.
The project is being implemented in all cities except Adigrat.