(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:
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.
The Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the construction and completion of photovoltaic Mini grid projects in 25 rural towns/villages by construction of Solar Power Generation Plant, Back up diesel generator , battery storage system and carry out operation and maintenance (O&M) services.
An International Competitive Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the African Development Bank’s Rules and Procedures for Procurement of Goods and Works , and, specifically, through “Single Stage” Bidding Procedure.
Bids submission deadline is on or before 14:00 PM Local Time dated on 11th November 2019
eepBp would provide further information up on Request.
The power grids of East and Southern African countries will be interconnected in the next two to three years after completion of various high voltage lines, paving the way for regional trade, a senior Kenyan energy official said on Tuesday. Power shortages and outages are common across both regions and businesses often complain that poor or erratic supplies discourage investors and push up prices of local products, as many firms end up relying on costly diesel generators.
Connecting national grids would provide a bigger pool of energy resources and mean one country can tap idle supplies in another. Joseph Njoroge, the principal secretary in the energy ministry, said high voltage lines linking Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda to Kenya were expected to be ready in at most the next three years. “In the next two to three years, we will have interconnections with several neighbouring countries in the region,” he told an East African power conference. “Thereafter, we will be able to come up with a configuration that enhances demand in terms of the region.”