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Second interconnector between Djibouti and Ethiopia

1 August 2013 – Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed an agreement for a US$2 billion transmission interconnection, the second, between the two countries, which will allow Ethiopia to export additional electricity to Djibouti.

The transmission line, which covers areas from Semera, in Ethiopia’s Afar regional state, to Jaba in Djibouti, will rated at 230 kV, similar to the first transmission line connecting the two countries. It will allow Djibouti to import between 35 and 70 MW from Ethiopia. Djibouti will probably not import more than 50 MW, though, the Addis Fortune reports.

Eighty per cent of the financing for the first power transmission line between the two countries, which cost US$1.5 billion dollars to construct, was secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB), with the balance being contributed by the two countries.

The new transmission line will meet 60% of Djibouti’s power demand, with Ethiopia earning up to US$1.5 million dollars a month from the exchange.

Ethiopia also exports electric power to Sudan, with the World Bank having provided a US$41 million soft loan to the Ethiopia Sudan transmission line project for the test run of the electric power exporting systems between the two countries, in 2012.

After the completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia plans to export power to seven neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan and Djibouti.