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Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) Acting Managing Director Fernandes Barasa told a media briefing in Nairobi that interconnectivity will facilitate trade of electricity within the region.

“Countries with surplus electricity production will be able to sell to those with deficit electricity and this will improve energy security in the region,” Barasa said.

EAPP member states include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.

Barasa said Kenya is fast tracking its electricity interconnection with Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, adding that the Kenya-Ethiopia transmission line should be completed in the next two years.

“Procurement of contractors for the 612 kilometers line is complete and engineering design ongoing,” he said.
The project will be funded jointly by World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency at a cost of one billion U.S. dollars.

The Kenya-Uganda electricity transmission line will also be funded by the AfDB.

The 127 km line is 60 percent complete and will be completed in the next ten months.

Barasa said the Kenya-Uganda line will permit Kenya to export power to Rwanda.

Kenya has already signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Rwanda, where Kenya will begin selling to Rwanda 15 Megawatts of Power in the next two months.

“In Nov. Kenya will sell additional 30 MW of power to Rwanda,” Barasa added.

KETRACO said a contractor has also been mobilized for the Kenya-Tanzania line.

“The 600 km line will be financed by the AfDB and should be complete by June 2017,” he said.

Tanzania has potential to become a major exporter of electricity due to its huge reserves of coal and gas.
KETRACO plans to spend 3.6 billion dollars over the next four years to construct over 5000 km of new electricity transmission lines.

Kenya has completed the construction of a 300 km electricity line that was funded by China to the tune of 140 million dollars. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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