Ethiopia: #Sudan seeking to purchase 1,000 megawatts electric power from Ethiopia
Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Corporate Planning Executive Director, Andualem Sia, said various African countries, including Sudan, have expressed interest in purchasing electricity from Ethiopia.
Earlier, #SouthSudan, #Kenya and #Djibouti have expressed interest in purchasing power from Ethiopia, he said.
“Sudan needs 1,000 megawatts of power,” he said told ENA, adding EEP is in talks with Sudanese experts. EEP staff went to Khartoum last month, he said, and that Sudanese experts would soon arrive in Ethiopia to continue the talks.
Furthermore, the construction of a 500 Kilowatt transmission line for Kenya’s electricity supply is nearing completion and members of the Kenyan parliament will visit Ethiopia next week to discuss the issue, according to Andualem.
Ethiopia has built transformation infrastructure to handles 2,000 megawatts of power transmission line that could go beyond Kenya, #Tanzania and up to #SouthAfrica.
A study is also being conducted with East Africa Power Policy, with the support of the World Bank, to enable #Somaliland to get power from Ethiopia.
South Sudan on its part has expressed desire to purchase power Andualem further said. Following this, a team of experts will soon travel to South Sudan to conduct a study on the construction of the power line.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (#GERD) is of great benefit not only to Ethiopia but also to Africa, he said and the current demand for electricity from these countries also shows their hope for the dam.
“Ethiopia will work harder to become the pride of Africa” he said.