Tigrai Online May 09, 2013
The construction of a high-voltage power transmission lines between Ethiopia and Kenya will be starting in September thanks to huge funding from the African Development Bank ( AfDB) who agreed to provide $338 million US dollars.
The high-voltage power transmission line will enable Ethiopia to provide Kenyan consumers with cheaper electricity. Ethiopia is building a massive hydro- electricity dams throughout the country and it is preparing to be the largest power supplier in the region. The sale of power to neighboring countries in East Africa is currently delayed by a lack of transmission infrastructure.
The total cost of the 1,068 kilometer transmission line is estimated to cost $1.26 billion. The construction of a high-voltage power transmission line will be completed by 2018.
The World Bank ($684 million), the Kenya Government ($88 million) and the Ethiopian Government ($32 million) are providing additional finance towards the building of the project. The French Development Agency is expected to provide $118 million dollars.
“This project establishes power trade between Ethiopia and Kenya and the wider East Africa region. It not only improves electricity access at affordable prices and enhances cross-border trade, but also provides an important opportunity to generate revenue for countries having excess power generation capacity, as is the case for Ethiopia,” said Gabriel Negatu, AfDB’s regional director for the East Africa Resource Centre.