Ethiopia and South Sudan have signed a memorandum of understanding to export hydro and other cheaper energy to Juba.

Ethiopia has agreed to export an initial 100 megawatts of electricity to South Sudan over the next three years, according to Ethiopian Electric Power.

The agreement was signed last week during a working visit to Ethiopia by a South Sudanese delegation led by Energy and Dam Minister Peter Marcello to finalize a previous memorandum of understanding on power purchase between the two countries.

According to Ethiopian Electric Power Corporate Planning Executive Officer Andualem Siaa, the first phase of the three-year agreement will see Ethiopia export 100 megawatts of electricity to South Sudan, followed by 400 megawatts.

Ethiopia has agreed to sell electricity to Kenya and Tanzania as part of its plan to become the region’s clean energy exporter. It also intends to supply Rwanda, Somaliland, and Burundi with electricity. It is eyeing the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (Gerd) and smaller dams as critical sources of hydro-power to local demand of 110 million people as well as neighbouring countries.

Ethiopia currently exports 254 megawatts of electricity to Sudan and Djibouti, its neighbors. According to an annual report seen by The EastAfrican, it earned $37 million in power exports to the two countries in the last nine months.

Source: The Paradise


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