ADDIS ABABA, Aug 12 (NNN-ENA) -- Ethiopia has launched a test run as part of efforts to export electricity to Sudan according to sources at the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation.
The test run for power supply was launched this week after the finalization of the Ethiopia-Sudan Transmission Line set up at a total cost of 41 million US dollars confirmed authorities at the EEPCo.
Ethiopia expects to provide 100 Mega Watts of electricity during the test run according to the source.
It is to be remembered that the two countries signed a power supply agreement some years back. ENEGROINVEST constructed the transmission line and SUNIR International engaged as a substation contractor for the project funded by the World Bank.
The Ethio-Sudan Transmission Line is 296 kilometers long stretching between the Ethiopian and Sudanese borders.
The Ethiopian part of the transmission lines has three sections, Bahirdar to Gondar (137.2 kilometers), Gondar to Shehedie (122 kilometers) and Shehedie to Metema (37 kilometers). The final part of the transmission line was connected with the Sudanese transmission line at Gedaref in Sudan.
The Ethio-Sudan Transmission Line Project is part of the larger East African Power Pool program which is expected to interconnect the region creating a region power pool according to EEPCo.
Ethiopia has already launched power supply to neighboring Djibouti, while exports to Kenya are expected to start soon. -- NNN-ENA