Ethiopia’s new energy strategy

power transmission grid28 November 2013, Addis Ababa – Prominent Ethiopian and foreign experts are discussing a new power strategy to boost electricity production in Ethiopia as part of the country’s plans to become a regional energy exporter. The discussions covered ways to implement Addis Ababa’s 25-year power master plan. The discussion began on Tuesday.

According to the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo), the new power policy will enable Ethiopia to generate 37,000mw of energy by 2037. Under the new plan, Ethiopia will eventually be able to export over 4,000mw of hydro-power to some nine countries in the East African region.

Exports could eventually be extended more widely to northern and southern African nations. This 25-year energy strategy will cost Ethiopia US$100 billion and the expectations are that it will be sourced from both local sources and international funds.

As part of the plan, Ethiopia will build over 16,000km of high voltage transmission lines in the next 10 years. Ethiopia’s current power production stands at around 2,300mw and exports 60mw of electricity to neighboring Djibouti and around 100mw to Sudan, providing a considerable boost to the country’s income. According to EEPCo, Ethiopia has the potential to produce some 45,000 megawatts of electricity from hydro-power alone.

About the Author