The Ethiopian government has awarded a US$1.5 million contract to conduct feasibility studies for the 1,060-MW Tams hydropower project.
The work will be done by a joint venture consisting of the state-owned Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise (WWDSE) and Italy's Electro Consult (ELC).
The Tams hydroelectric plant will be located on the Baro-Akobo River between Bonga and Gambella and would also require the construction of a dam.
The government has also directed WWDSE to conduct studies that could see up to 20 MW of small hydro power developed in Ethiopia's Oromia region.
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