Ethiopia and Tanzania set to ink power deal

Tanzanian officials will sign a 400 megawatts power purchasing agreement with their Ethiopian counterparts in the intervening few weeks, the Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) revealed to APA on Sunday.

The new deal between the two countries will go beyond the selling of electricity, said EEP CEO Engineer Azeb Asnake.

The power transaction will create further economic integration between Tanzania and Kenya as the latter sits between Ethiopia and Tanzania, he added.

“Because when Tanzania gets electric power from Ethiopia, it has to pass through Kenya” she said.

“When two countries are integrated economically, then they have to watch out for their political relationship as well” he added.

Ethiopia has been exporting electricity to neighbouring u Djibouti and Sudan, and a power transmission line to export to Kenya is under installation.

Ethiopia has also signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Burundi, Rwanda and other countries that have shown interest in importing energy from Ethiopia, Azeb indicated.

Ethiopia is endowed with abundant renewable energy resources including untapped geothermal, solar and wind energy.

Figures show that the east African nation has 45,000 exploitable hydropower potential, with huge prospect for other clean energy sources.

By 2037, Ethiopia aspires to have a total installed generation capacity of 37,000 MWs, which will turn it into a major power exporter.

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