Multinational - Ethiopia - Kenya Electricity Highway Project


Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Sep 2012
Signature Date 05 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 150,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project involves the construction of an electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya, consisting of about 1,068 km of high voltage direct current (HVDC) 500 kV transmission line and associated AC/DC converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo (Ethiopia) and Suswa (Kenya) substations, with a power transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW. The project is expected to cost UA 840 million and to be commissioned in November 2017. The project will ultimately promote power trade and regional integration, contribute to the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) countries’ social and economic development, and reduce poverty in those countries.

Project Objectives

The project’s development objective is to promote power trade and regional integration, contribute to the East African countries’ social and economic development, and reduce poverty in those countries. The project aims at improving the supply of electricity in Kenya and other EAPP countries in the long run by exporting power from Ethiopia. This will result in improved supply of electricity in Kenya and other East African countries in the long run. The project involves the construction of an electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya consisting of about 1,068 km of transmission line (about 437 km will be in Ethiopia and about 631 km in Kenya) and associated AC/DC converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo (Ethiopia) and Suswa (Kenya) substations with a transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW in either direction.

Beneficiaries

The project's direct beneficiaries are households, businesses, and industries in communities located in Kenya, the direct offtaker of the power. The interconnection with Ethiopia will ensure access to reliable and affordable energy to around 870,000 households by 2018; increasing to around 1,400,000 households cumulative by 2022 (of which 18% will be located in rural areas).

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Extending
Government
Implementing
Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-022
Last Update 02 Dec 2022

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Contact Details

Name ABIYEHOY Girma Mekuria
Email g.abiyehoy@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
1.98333 37.9167 Log Logo
5.25 37.4833 Konso
-0.216667 36.2667 Gilgil
7.83139 37.3217 Gilgel Gibe I Power Station
6.03333 37.55 Arba Minch
1.25 37 Samburu District
0.5 36 Rift Valley Province
-0.344 36.5 Nyandarua District
-0.484025 36.1713 Nakuru District
2.96667 37.6 Marsabit