Ethiopia awards contracts for builders for Sudan grid links

Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (EEPCO) awarded contracts totaling US$31.4 million to build transmission lines and substations to link its hydro-based power system with that of the Sudan.

EEPCO awarded a US$21.9 million contract to Energoinvest d.d. of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to construct transmission lines; Energoinvest was one of four bidders. EEPCO awarded a US$9.5 million contract to SUNIR of Tehran, Iran, lone bidder for the substation work. (HNN 4/19/07)

Ethiopia requested US$35 million in financing from the World Bank for the Ethiopia-Sudan interconnection project. The project features construction of a 296-kilometer transmission line, including upgrade of existing lines, from Bahir Dar to the Sudan border, and additions or upgrades at three substations, including control and telecommunication facilities.

Ethiopia is developing hydroelectric plants capable of producing 2,170 MW as well as installation of transmission lines for delivery of power. Additionally, the multi-nation Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office has investigated power trade opportunities, interconnection, and three hydropower projects, 1,700-MW Mandaya and 1,780-MW Border in Ethiopia near the Sudan border, and 780-MW Dal 1 in Sudan near the Egypt border. (HNN 1/12/09)

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