Ethiopia, South Sudan Discuss Potential Electricity Linkage

ADDIS ABABA – A delegation from the Ethiopian Electric Authority (EEA) met with Peter Marcello, Minister of Energy and Dams of South Sudan to discuss potential electricity linkage.

During the meeting, EEA’s Deputy CEO Andualem Siae briefed the Minister about Ethiopia’s green energy capacity and plan to interconnect neighboring countries with its electric grid.

In the near future Ethiopia’s green energy capacity will be growing to more than seventy thousand gigawatts, predominantly utilizing environment friendly sources, Andualem said.

According to the CEO, the Ethiopian Government is diversifying the energy sources to make the energy supply reliable and avoid challenges during dry seasons.

Ethiopia plans to expand its current electric interconnections and set up new lines to cover the entire Eastern African Countries.

The CEO expressed Addis ababa’s readiness to assess and identify better ways to interconnect Ethiopia and South Sudan via the energy grid.

Stating the importance of creating strong socio-economic interrelation between the two countries, Marcello, on his part, appreciated Ethiopia’s initiative.

The minister has also indicated directions for further deliberations with the concerned team from the two sides, according to foreign ministry.

Ethiopia plans to increase power exports as demand for power in the neighboring countries increases.

Currently, the nation exports electricity to Djibouti and Sudan while negotiating to sell 400 MW of power to Kenya is ongoing.