The $120-million Ethiopia-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is expected to be ready for testing and commissioning by September this year, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
The project is expected to promote power, trade and regional integration among countries in the countries in the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP), as well as contribute to their social and economic development. The project, through which Sudan and Djibouti are already connected, will also help Ethiopia obtain foreign currency.
1,068-km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line, 500KV transmission line, and converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo and Suswa sub-stations with a power transfer capacity of up to 2,000MW are parts of the project.
Moges Mekonnen, Communications Director at Ethiopian Electric Power, speaking to ENA, said the project is progressing well, albeit delay in construction of some of the transmission lines. The converter sub-stations are now fully constructed and are at testing and commissioning stages, he explained.
The laying down of 433 km-long Ethiopia-Kenya power transmission line is also 86 percent complete, Mr. Moges noted.
The Ethiopia-Kenya Electricity Highway Project costs some $1.26 billion. Of this amount, the World Bank contributes $684 million in loans, the African Development Bank $338 million, and the French Development Agency $118 million. The Ethiopian government contributes $32 million, while the Kenyan government funds $88 million.