Eritrea could soon be able to import electricity from Sudan. This follows the Sudanese Electricity Transmission Company having begun work on a 45 kilometre transmission line between eastern Sudan’s Kassala state and Teseney, just across the border in Eritrea.

It also forms part of greater interconnectivity desired in the region, with Ethiopia building the 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance hydroelectric scheme which will be Africa’s largest when completed. That date is targeted for 2017. In December 2013 Sudan and Ethiopia began implementation of a cross-border electricity link to empower regional electricity within Eritrea, Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia and South Sudan.

A 321 kilometre line between Gedaref power station and Ethiopia’s Amhara state was also recently inaugurated.

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