Multinational - Ethiopia - Kenya Electricity Highway Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Sep 2012
Signature Date 06 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 75,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Ethiopia-Kenya Electricity Highway Project, approved in June 2011 by the African Development Bank, 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 Alternating current/Direct current (AC/DC) converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo (Ethiopia) and Suswa (Kenya) substations with a transfer capacity of up to 2,000 megawatt (MW) in either direction. The electricity highway will contribute to the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) countries’ social and economic development and poverty reduction efforts. The project is expected to cost UA 840 million and to be commissioned in November 2017. It will be completed in less than five years.

Project Objectives

The project’s development objective is to 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. Specifically, the project aims at improving the supply of electricity in Kenya and other EAPP countries in the long run by exporting power from Ethiopia.


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). In a broader sense, the transmission line will in the long run benefit countries in North, East, and Southern Africa through interconnections from SAPP and EAPP all the way to Egypt and Sudan in the north. In addition to Kenya, other East African countries will see the financial benefits of importing cheaper power from Ethiopia. Businesses and industries will also benefit, with around 3,100 GWh of additional energy by 2018, increasing to around 5,100 GWh by 2022.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-044
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name ABIYEHOY Girma Mekuria

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-0.71383 36.43261 Naivasha