Ethiopia Launched a revised national electrification plan at a power summit held from 27-29 March 2019 in Addis Ababab, Ethiopia. The comprehensive program document explains the detailed targets the country intends to achieve and the staged approaches to be used for a universal electricity access coverage by 2025.
Source: Africa Energy Forum 2019
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(The National Electrification program, NEP, document):
Adequate, reliable, and affordable electricity access connectivity nationwide is a critical enabler for realizing Ethiopia’s future growth and transformation,economic prosperity, and well-being of all its citizens nationwide. Today, grid connected household connectivity is about 20+ percent of the population. And many priority social services delivery institutions especially in rural areas—schools and clinics—also have limited access connectivity and reliability. There is no time to lose. Following release of the Government’s National Energy Strategy (NES–2016) and reflecting its recommendations, the Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP)—Implementation Roadmap (IRM) presents the Government’s action plan for achieving universal electricity access nationwide by 2025, in a strategic and comprehensive as well as efficient and transparent manner, for the benefit of all its citizens. Toward this end, the key operational action elements of the NEP-IRM target are:
Sudan and Ethiopia agreed on Friday to establish a joint oil pipeline, to serve the two countries. This came during a meeting held by Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining Adel Mohamed Ibrahim, with his Ethiopian counterpart, Seleshi Bekele, in the capital Addis Ababa, as part of an official visit by Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and a number of his ministers to Ethiopia.
According to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA), Ibrahim explained that Khartoum and Addis Ababa will invite Juba to “co-establish another branch of the pipeline to extend it to reach the State of South Sudan for the benefit of the people of the region.”“The Ethiopian side is very interested and enthusiastic about this project, and we will start to implement it soon after the completion of partnership procedures,” Ibrahim added. He continued “the Ethiopian side also presented a second project, a partnership in the Sudanese Nile Petroleum Co. Ltd., and Ethiopia will present a written proposal on this partnership.”
One Indian and four Chinese firms have secured a project to upgrade electric power distribution lines in six regional towns at a cost of 80 million dollars. Ethiopian Electric Utility awarded the companies with contracts to rehabilitate and upgrade 1,265.6Km of power distribution lines in Wolaita Sodo, Harar, Shashamane, Debre Marqos, Adigrat and Gonder with the tenders divided into three lots. The companies are expected to complete and deliver the project in 18 months.
For the first lot, which consists of the upgrading of power lines in Wolaita Sodo and Harar, two Chinese companies, HHCC and CICC, were awarded. For the second lot that will upgrade the electric power lines in Shashamane and Debre Marqos, Jiangsu Ettern, CICC and China Construction Civil Engineering (CCCE) secured the contract.