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Ethiopia embarks on Sudan power supply testing

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 9, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopia is making final preparations to begin permanently exporting power to neighbouring Sudan which would enable Khartoum to replace its thermal power generating units with electricity generated by Ethiopia’s damns.

According to officials at the state power utility, the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo), Ethiopia has this week begun a test running electricity supply to Sudan.

The test run follows the completion of a World Bank funded US $41 million Ethiopia-Sudan Transmission Line project.

The 230 kilovolt transmission line is 296 kilometers-long and has three sections with the last section stretching from Ethiopia’s border town of Metema to the Sudanese nearby town of Gedaref where it connects with the Sudanese power grid.

“Sudan would initially be provided with 100 megawatts of electricity as Ethiopia embarks on the test run” EEPCo officials said.

Sudan will be the second country after Djibouti to receive Ethiopia’s electricity, which is generates mainly from hydro-powered damns.

The Horn of Africa country has already begun trading 35 MW of electricity a month to Djibouti for US$1.5 million. Ethiopia charges around $70 for a kilowatt per hour (KWh) of electricity supply.

Ethiopia is also undertaking another power transmission project which will connect its power grid with Kenya which will enable Addis Ababa to export 400 MW a month of electricity to Kenya.

According to EEPCo, the Ethiopia-Sudan Transmission Line Project is expected to further develop the East African Power Pool encompassing power interconnection projects between Ethiopia-Kenya, Tanzania-Zambia-Kenya-Uganda and Ethiopia-Sudan-Egypt.

As part of the country’s ambitious plans of being regional power supplier, Ethiopia is currently constructing Africa’s biggest dam on the Blue Nile River.

Named as Ethiopia’s renaissance dam, the power project will have generation capacity of 6,000 megawatts up on completion – 750 Megawatts higher than first estimated.

(ST)

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  • 10 August 2012 07:39, by mohamed mahgoub

    What happened to Merow dam the bigest hydroelectric project in Africa next we will read about importing more sugar from Cuba as we use to say the robe of lieing is very short

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    • 10 August 2012 08:13, by Robot

      Merowe Dam!!!!! it was suppose to produce 3,000 MW, so all Sudan’s projects are nightmares..... hopeless indeed, anyway Ethiopia are doing this to develop the region and it is a great achievement but the other Dam to be built along Blue Nile won’t work because it drains all of Lake Turkana water which activist are fighting enough to stop it.

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      • 10 August 2012 11:26, by mohammed ali

        Marawi is suppose to produce 1250 mega watt and it is producing that right now.This not enough to cover the demands of development all over Sudan and the growing needs of the pple. Air conditions are now found in small villages!

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    • 10 August 2012 18:48, by Northern Sudanese

      mohamed mahgoub
      this line is temporary, marawi has improved alot in sudan, so has aswan dam in egypt. but we both need more and more energy. this line will be temporary for the next 8 years. we have plans for 4 more dams + solar energy ect......
      its only 100 megawat, the new sugar factory produces the same!
      they give us energy, we give them oil and goods. we have many ethiopians in sudan as well

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      • 11 August 2012 04:12, by mohamed mahgoub

        N sudanese stop lying like ur masters I m from north hello

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        • 11 August 2012 04:23, by mohamed mahgoub

          Remember the elect. from this dam they said was enough for the whole country ( the old one ) now itsnt enough for what is left of it ( N Sudan ),don’t want to admit everything the gov is doing is doom to fail wait to hear from the sugar scheme

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  • 10 August 2012 08:16, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    We know you the Ethiopia you are looking for more Dollars in million,otherwise this project for power supply to Sudan was denouunced by the America Govt,it is not bad but do the same to your own brothers in South Sudan.
    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 10 August 2012 13:33, by Wolleyewu

    This is very disappointing news for Ethiopians. This TPLF led government has done evrything to harm Ethiopians from giving away Ethiopian border lands to selling electric power leaving the capital city Addis Ababa in dark for over 20 days in a month. As long as they earn money they denot even feel ashamed/humilated when they are selling our sisters for rude Arabs as a house maids. Deathn to Woyane

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    • 10 August 2012 17:08, by Ruach

      My God!Ethiopia is leading no where.Northern Fake Arabs of Sudan?

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    • 11 August 2012 03:15, by Ras Mitat

      Wolloyew, your name itself means dumb in our language, much like your comment.

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  • 10 August 2012 18:52, by Northern Sudanese
  • 11 August 2012 15:25, by Wolleyewu

    T- Totaliterian
    I- Ignorant
    G- Gangrene
    R- Racist
    Y- Yucky
    The only exit from TPLF dmoniation is to chase out Tigrians from all over Ethiopia to make their destination to rocky Tigray and then going for referendem to detach/remove Tigray from the rest of Ethiopia to enjoy freedom and prosperity for ever. period.

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  • 11 August 2012 15:28, by Wolleyewu

    T- Totaliterian
    I- Ignorant
    G- Gangrene
    R- Racist
    A- Assassine
    Y- Yucky
    Typical behavior of poisenous Tigrians.

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    • 11 August 2012 19:08, by Asmera

      Hi Woleyew,
      May be you are not Ethiopian.
      This is big success for east Africa. We have to respect each other and work with each other. Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Djibouti will create harmony for economic prosperity

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