The 500kV line has a capacity of carrying up to 2,000 megawatts and is 1,055Km long
The Ethiopian part of the 1.26-billion-dollar Eastern Electricity Highway Project that connects Ethiopia with Kenya is set to be completed next month. Built by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), the project connects the Kenyan and Ethiopian power grids. The high voltage electric line, which is a result of the joint venture of the two countries, has a capacity of carrying up to 2,000 megawatts and covers 1,055Km, while 433Km of the total electric highway lies within Ethiopian borders.
The construction of the power transmission line has already been completed in August 2019, and the highway is only awaiting finalisation of the construction of a substation, according to Moges Mekonnen, communication director of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). After the construction of the substation is completed, the testing will be implemented within five months, and the highway will be ready for power transmission by April 2020.
Wolayta Sodo is the starting point for the 500kV line, and the overhead transmission lines are supported by approximately 38m-high and 15m-wide steel towers and sit on 4m-deep reinforced concrete foundations. The width of the line corridor ranges between 50m and 60m.
Ethiopia has commissioned a Chinese built 433-km electrical transmission line connecting its power grid to neighboring Kenya, an Ethiopian official said on Friday. The 433-km electrical transmission line is part of the 1,055-km Ethiopia-Kenya transmission line. The rest 622-km transmission line is located in Kenya.
Speaking to Xinhua, Moges Mekonen, Communication Director at Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), said China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CEPET) Corporation has completed the construction of the Ethiopian side of the Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission line."The electricity transmission line has already been commissioned and is currently in the testing phase. What is remaining is the completion of the Kenyan side of the project after which preparations can start to fully inaugurate the electricity transmission line," Mekonen told Xinhua.
The construction of Ethio-Kenya electric transmission line has seen 88 percent completion, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) told The Ethiopian Herald. The 2.4 billion Birr project financed by African Development Bank (AfDB) covers 433 Kms from Sodo, zonal town in Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s State, to Ethio-Kenya boarder, EEP External Relations Director, Misiker Negash, said. According to him, the Kenyan government has also been constructing a 622-Km line within its boarder. He added that the construction which created 600 jobs to citizens would help to export 500 volt additional hydro-power to Kenya. Currently, Ethiopia exports 100MW, 80MW and 10MW to Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya respectively.