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  • Reference: P-ET-FA0-013
  • Approval date: 22/11/2017
  • Start date: 04/07/2018
  • Appraisal Date: 07/02/2017
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: ETHIOPIAN ELECTRIC POWER
  • Location: Addis Ababa City & Sourrounding Towns


The overall project includes the following components:

(i) Urgent Rehabilitation project (Distribution) Reconfiguration, Construction of new feeders and 33/15 kV Substations

(ii) Short Medium Term Projects (Distribution) Construction of new MV line, Installation of additional Distribution Transformers and Rehabilitation of existing MV lines.;

(iii) Short Medium Term Projects (Substations Transmission lines) Upgrading of existing eleven Substations and construction of one double circuit overhead line and double circuit underground cable;

(iv) Short Medium Term Project (Upgrading of Addis Centre 132 kV Substation);

(v) Pilot Project (Phase-II rehabilitation Program) Rehabilitation of Medium Low voltage network,

(vi) SCADA System; Establishment of Supervisory Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Telecommunication System (vii) Project supervision and Management viii) Resettlement and Compensation.


The Bank's support to the electricity sector in Ethiopia is in line with its current Bank's Country Strategy Paper (2016-2020) which is articulated around greater focus on infrastructure development, especially energy sector. The Bank's intervention is aligns with Ethiopia's long-term development blue print GTP-II plan (2016-2020) which include energy infrastructure development as the main pillar as part of nine priority areas. It's also aligned with the priority areas of intervention under the Bank's CSP (2015/16-2020), namely economic development, improved access to infrastructure, mitigation of the growing power demand in the cities and quality of the electricity supply to urban areas and Bank's lunched New Deal on Energy for Africa initiative focused on High 5s light-up, industrialize and improve living standard of population.

The intervention of the Bank will contribute to support Ethiopia in meeting its medium-term growth target of 10% and to increase the customer (of electricity services) base from 2.41 million in 2015/16 to 6.95 million by 2020 through the development of an adequate transmission distribution system for power transfer to various parts of the country, along with a focus on the development of adequate infrastructure in the cities, the creation of commercial industrial private businesses and an improved connectivity of urban customers.


The project will cover the capital Addis Ababa its environs and target an estimated population of 4.5 million inhabitants. The main socio-economic impact of the proposed project is the upgrade and expansion of the transmission distribution network in Addis Ababa and its surroundings which is required to meet the rapidly growing demand in the city, whilst ensuring acceptable quality and reliability of electricity supply for housing development, new commercial and industrial centers, the new light rail system and development of small and medium e businesses. The project will also contribute to improve and strengthen power supply to the surrounding urban areas where power shortages (due to electricity supply network limitation) have affected the provision of vital social services, including health delivery and water supply. Project will contribute to increase the supply capacity and reduce system power losses thereby enabling the regular supply of electricity to households, enterprises, social services as well as government facilities. This will contribute to improving access rates, economic growth and the living conditions for the population.

Key contacts

ABIYEHOY Girma Mekuria - RDGE1


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 72,230,000
GovernmentUAC 15,210,000
Co-financierUAC 66,850,000
DeltaUAC 100,000
TotalUAC 154,390,000
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