Kenya: Power Line to Ethiopia Ready
2 October 2012
AllAfrica.com (East African Business Week): Nairobi — The African Development Fund will finance a multibillion electricity highway project between Kenya and Ethiopia to the tune of $348 million.
The line will see Kenya achieve its plan of connecting an additional 870,000 households to the national grid by 2018. The government has laid down a plan to ensure that a total of 1,400,000 additional households are wired by 2022.
The board of the continental bank gave a green light to the deal, signaling the beginning of one of Africa's most ambitious electricity projects connecting two countries.
The African Development Bank has been increasingly involved in multibillion infrastructure projects in Kenya among them the now complete Thika Super-highway which is a multilane highway and the first of its kind in East Africa.
The project will see the construction of a 1,068 kilometres high-voltage DC 500 kV transmission line connecting Kenya and Ethiopia. It is slated for commissioning in mid-November next year.