Ethiopia-Kenya Power Interconnection: Phases I and II - The Power of Regional Interconnection

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Within the current global energy crisis, interconnecting the regional electric energy networks is the best alternative to transfer expensive thermal generation into regional as well as international power markets.

1,068 km of high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya, with a power transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW.

Developing regional interconnections and operating as a Power Pool

  • Strategic partnerships among stakeholders, with significant contribution for regional economic cooperation and stability.
  • Cost-effective and clean energy sources, in particular Ethiopia’s large hydropower resources to address significant current power shortages.
  • Complimentary operation to the power systems.

ADF Leveraging Finance

Co-financing from AfDB (USD 338 million), World Bank (USD 684 million), Agence Française de Développement (USD 118 million), Government of Kenya (USD 88 million) and Government of Ethiopia (USD 32 million). The ADF is expected to play a crucial role with a proposed loan of UA 150 million to Ethiopia and UA 75 million to Kenya.