Ethiopia, Kenya Discuss Power Purchase Agreement

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Kenya on Monday started hammering out power purchase agreement (PPA) as the construction of Ethio-Kenya electricity highway project nears completion.

The electric transmission line has a capacity of carrying up to 2,000 megawatts and covers 1,055Km.

Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Seleshi Bekele and Kenya’s Energy Minister, Vharles Keter, met in Addis Ababa to deliberate on guidelines linked to the transmission line.

“We discussed completion of construction, guidelines for operation & PPA on Ethio-Kenyan energy interconnection,” said Dr. Seleshi in a brief message posted on Twitter.

The Minister said the technical teams from two sides will conclude drafting of the agreement.

“The system is an investment of 1.3B US Dollars with modern 500KV line, an important vehicle for East Africa interconnection and nucleus for regional integration and prosperity,” he added.

The Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission line is expected to integrate power systems of five countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda under the Eastern African Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan.

The plan seeks to take advantage of excess capacity within the network and facilitate trade of electricity between member countries.

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