Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

World Bank approves Kenya transmission financing

The World Bank is to approve the 684 million dollar loan for the Ethio-Kenya electric transmission line project that stretches between the two countries.  Ethiopia and Kenya have recently agreed to trade power by 2016 from the hydro electric projects that are being constructed in several parts in Ethiopia.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed to finance the 1,000Km transmission line project around two weeks ago.  According to Mihiret Debebe, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power Construction (EEPCo),  the two international development partners, AfDB and the World Bank have agreed in Washington DC that they would finance the transmission line project.
The CEO said that the corporation expects the bank’s final approval in the near future.
According to information Capital obtained, within the next three weeks, the Bank is expected to submit the 687 million dollar credit approval to its Board of Directors. 
Meanwhile, EEPCo plans to complete by September 2013 a high voltage transmission line near the Gibe III hydro power station.
The Ethio-Kenya High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power line will have a 400 kV double circuit.
The infrastructure for the power interconnection projects is mainly conventional lattice of self-supported steel tower of approximately 38 meters high and twosub stations. The total length of the transmission line is approximately 1045Km, out of which some 433Km will be in Ethiopia and 612Km in Kenya. The routing in Ethiopia is in a south direction along Abaya and Chamo lakes, via Konso to the Ethiopia – Kenya border. It crosses the border nearly 90Km west of Moyale town.
In Kenya, the transmission line route continues in a south-western direction through Marsabit, Wamba, Gilgil, Naivasha to Suswa. The HVDC inverter substation originates in Sodo in Ethiopia, the other inverter is located at Suswa in Kenya.   
Ethiopia is preparing to sell up to 1000 mega watts of power to Kenya when all of its new power projects are completed.
By the end of the Growth and Transformation plan the state owned power provider plans to generate up to 10,000MW, a dramatic increase from the current 2,000MW.
Two additional hydro power projects, Dawa (272MW) and Halele Werabessa (422MW), are expected to get finance from AfDB and the World Bank respectively.  Halele Werabessa, 220Km west of Addis is the closest large hydro power plant for the capital. 
For the project of Geba, the finance pledge is expected to be approved at an AfDB donors meeting that will held shortly.