Status
Planned
Length
641km
Volt
500kV
Commissioned
December 2021

Financier
African Development Bank (AfDB)
World Bank
Government of Kenya
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Contractor
Siemens/Isolux
KEC International of India
Larsen and Toubro of India
Kalpataru Power Transmission of India

Scope

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and Ethiopia Electric Power Company (EEP) are in the process of interconnecting their two power systems through the construction of a 1045 km 500 kV High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line and 2000 MW HVDC converter substations at both ends of the line. The line runs from Woloyta/ Sodo in Ethiopia to Suswa Substation in Kenya. The Kenyan part of the transmission line is approximately 641km and is divided in lots.
 

Benefit

The Program supports the integration of power systems of five countries with a combined population of over 200 million. Within the framework of the EAPP, the Program has three phases for connecting the power grids of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. The EAPP’s Master Plan, endorsed by the governments of the EAPP member countries, has designated the transmission interconnections among these countries as priorities for the development of the Eastern Africa power market. These interconnections will create the transmission backbone for the region.