Ethiopia Test Runs Electricity for Sudan

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The Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo) confirmed that it has started a test run of electricity to neighboring Sudan, as it moves to set up a permanent power export to its neighbor. The power supply test started this past week following the completion of the Ethio-Sudan Transmission Line set up at a cost of USD 41 million.

“The test run so far has been successful, now we know that everything works and we are able to provide Sudan with electricity, but the test run will continue until it is assured that all systems function correctly,” said Adissu Tagele, PR of Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo.)

The 230 kv transmission line is 296Km long and initially Sudan will be provided with 100 megawatts of electricity during the test run. The project is financed by the World Bank with ENEGROINVEST constructing the transmission line and SUNIR International involved as a substation contractor.

European firms HIFABOY and FITCHER served as project consultants until the end of December 2010 with the Transmission and Engineering Office of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation taking over consulting and supervision as of 2011.

The transmission line in Ethiopia has three sections, Bahir Dar to Gondar (137.2 Km), Gondar to Shehedie (122 Km) and Shehedie to Metema (37Km). The final section is connected through a transmission line in the Sudanese city of Gedaref.

“The Ethio-Kenya project is still in the surveying and designing stage, we don’t yet know when the actual construction will start to take place,” stated Adissu.

EEPCo says that the Ethio-Sudan Transmission Line Project is expected to further develop the East African Power Pool which encompasses power inter interconnection projects between Ethiopia-Kenya, Tanzania-Zambia-Kenya-Uganda and Ethiopia-Sudan-Egypt.

Concerning South Sudan, he stated that there is only a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). “We have not signed any papers about starting any projects with South Sudan yet, so for now nothing is going on,” said Adissu.

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