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Project Snapshot

This 1,068-kilometre high-voltage electricity highway is being built between Kenya and Ethiopia to serve the wider East Africa region. This interconnection will ensure access to reliable and affordable energy to around 870,000 households by 2018.  The project involves the construction of transmission lines of about 437 km in Ethiopia and about 631 km in Kenya and associated AC/DC converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo, Ethiopia. There is also a substation at Suswa in Kenya with a transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW.

Brief Statistics

i. Type of Technology: Electric Transmission Infrastructure.
ii. Capacity: 1,068-kilometre high-voltage electricity highway.
iii. Commercial Operation Date: The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
iv. Financing:
a. Total cost is $1.26B.
African Development Bank, US $338 million.
World Bank US $684 million
Government of Ethiopia, US $32 million.
Government of Kenya, US $88 million.
French Development Agency, US $118 million.

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