Kenya and Ethiopia sign deal to speed up construction of interconnector

The governments of Kenya and Ethopia have signed a deal for speeding up construction of the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnector project. The interconnector entails the construction of a 1,045 km, ±500 kV HVDC, bipole, overhead transmission line, which will run from the Wolaita Sodo substation in Ethiopia to the Suswa substation in Kenya. The project also includes the construction of two 2,000 MW, ±500 kV HVDC bipolar converter stations, one at Wolaita Sodo in Ethiopia and the other at Suswa in Kenya. The line was scheduled for completion in 2017, but faced challenges due to the high cost of right of way. Now, both the countries have agreed to finalise the transmission line soon.

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