Envoy Salutes BRI’s Role in Ethiopia’s Electric Power Export Drive

ADDIS ABABA – Energy cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has enabled Ethiopia to complete power transmission lines connecting Djibouti and Sudan, paving way for regional electricity connectivity and energy cooperation, said Ethiopia’s envoy to to China .

Speaking to the Global Times, Ambassader Teshome Toga said the country has successfully completed the power lines linking neighboring countries in partnership with Chinese power companies.

“In addition, Ethiopia has also signed an agreement with Kenya and other countries for electricity exports,” Teshome told the Chinese state-affiliated media at the second Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference held in Shandong Province on Tuesday.

“It’s not because we are already self-sufficient on energy, but because sharing what we have with our neighbors is very important for regional integration,” he added.

Ethiopia has stepped up cooperation with China in undertaking massive projects, including constructing a high voltage electric transmission line to 6,450 megawatts hydro dam currently under construction on Blue Nile river.

The two countries also collaborated in the construction of the 51 megawatts Adama I and 153 megawatts Adama II wind farm projects and the 300 megawatts Tekeze hydro project.

Ambassador Teshome said the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydropower project is almost 80 percent completed, providing new hope for Ethiopian power exports.

The Adama project is China’s first overseas wind power engineering procurement construction project and the first new-energy project abroad backed by Chinese government concessional loans.

“We have a huge energy source in Ethiopia. Most of that is renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal,” the Ambassador said.

“And Ethiopia strongly believes in regional integration and regional cooperation, because we are destined to live together.”

The Belt and Road energy partnership, accounts for about 40 percent of Chinese BRI investment, has been growing quickly in recent times with recent additions being Cuba and Morocco.

The partnership network aims to promote energy cooperation throughout BRI markets as 32 members countries pursue a low-carbon economic transition, according to the Global Times.


Featured Image: Sululta substation [Photo  File/EEP] 

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