Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (07 July 2022)

In East Africa, demand for electricity continues to outstrip supply, despite the region’s enormous resource endowments. The integration of the East African Power Pool (EAPP) power grids is said to make it possible to develop these huge resources towards resolving the deficit and promoting trade in electricity. An essential link in this network, the Kenya-Ethiopia electricity interconnection opens up the regional electricity transmission network which will include the Kenya-Tanzania, Kenya-Uganda, and Uganda-Tanzania interconnections in the medium term, and, in the long term, Tanzania-Zambia to connect EAPP to the South African Power Pool (SAPP).

According to Antony Wamukota, acting Managing Director at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO), the electrical connections line connecting Kenya and Ethiopia would be finished by October, while that of the Kenya-Tanzania line will be finished by December 2022.

The former interconnector comprises a high voltage transmission line that is 612 km on the Kenyan side whilst the latter will involve one that will pass the Namanga border point and is about 93 km on the Kenyan side. A number of donors will be involved, one of which is the African Development Bank (AfDB).

In his statement at a Nairobi forum, Wamukota explained that the transmission connection to Ethiopia would evacuate hydropower from the country, which has much lower electricity costs than Kenya, resulting in lower energy bills for consumers.

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