Kenya to connect to Ethiopian and Tanzanian power grids in 2022
NAIROBI, July 1 (Xinhua) — The construction of power interconnectors linking Kenya’s transmission lines to the Ethiopian and Tanzanian national power grids will be completed in 2022, a government official said Friday.
Antony Wamukota, acting managing director of state-owned Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), told an electricity forum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi that the Kenya-Ethiopia line will be completed in October. while the Kenya-Tanzania line will be completed. by December.
“The purpose of the neighbor connections is to operationalize the East African Power Pool which seeks to facilitate regional power trade,” Wamukota said at Ketraco’s third annual research conference.
Wamukota revealed that the Ethiopia-Kenya Interconnector includes a 612 km high voltage transmission line on the Kenyan side and will be funded by a number of donors including the African Development Bank (AfDB).
“The transmission line to Ethiopia will evacuate hydropower from Ethiopia, which is much cheaper electricity compared to Kenya and will lead to lower energy costs for consumers,” he added.
According to the utility, the Kenya-Tanzania Connector will link Kenya’s power grid to the Southern African Power Pool.
He added that the Kenya-Tanzania regional interconnection will involve a high voltage transmission line which will pass the Namanga border point and is approximately 93 km on the Kenyan side.
“The power interconnections will enable trade in power from countries with a power surplus to those with a power deficit,” Wamukota said.