Ethiopia eyes electricity export within 4 years

Ethiopia is planning to build a number of dams for electricity generation, including a controversial hydroelectric dam on the Nile's upper reaches, which has strained relations with Egypt

Ethiopia eyes electricity export within 4 years

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ethiopia plans to export electricity to all neighboring countries within the coming four years, an Ethiopian official said Thursday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ato Mekuria, head of the Ethiopian Power Corporation's planning department, said Ethiopia had already begun selling electricity to Djibouti and Sudan and was planning to export electricity to all neighboring countries by 2018.

Ethiopia, which currently exports 100 megawatts and 50 megawatts to Sudan and Djibouti respectively, recently signed a memorandum of understanding for power-sharing with Rwanda and Yemen.

"For the present, we are doing our technical specifications and they [Rwanda and Yemen] are doing theirs," Mekuria said. "We expect to reach agreement soon."

"So far, the agreement and the marketing are being conducted under bilateral agreements," Mekuria said. "By 2018, it will be streamlined through the East African Power Pool, which comprises 13 countries, including Egypt."

"The East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) has plans to open its headquarters here in Addis Ababa," he noted.

Established in 2005, the EAPP aims to facilitate and secure power supplies to the East Africa Region at low cost.

It also aims to coordinate power exchanges between member utilities, with the ultimate goal of establishing a regional electricity market.

"Ethiopia's plan is to export as much as 5000 megawatts of electricity in the coming 10 to 15 years," Mekuria said.

Ethiopia is planning to build a number of dams for electricity generation, including a controversial hydroelectric dam on the Nile's upper reaches, which has strained relations with Egypt.

Ethiopia says it needs the dam to generate badly-needed energy. Egypt, for its part, fears the dam will reduce its traditional share of the Nile River – its main source of water.

Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Egypt and Sudan, both of which will be invited to purchase the electricity thus generated.

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