AfDB signs USD71 million agreement with Ethiopia for 230 kV grid link with Djibouti

The Ethiopian government has signed an agreement with African Development Bank (AfDB) for a grant worth USD71 million from the latter, for the 230 kV Ethiopia–Djibouti Second Power Interconnection project.

The project entails the construction of a 102- km-long, 230 kV double-circuit transmission line from Semera (Ethiopia) to Galafi (Djibouti Border), a 190-km-long, 230 kV double-circuit transmission line from Galafi to Nagad in Djibouti, and a 170-km-long, 230 kV doublecircuit transmission line with one circuit strung from Kombolcha to Mile, and then to Semera in Ethiopia. It also includes the establishment of a new substation at Mile, and extension of the existing 230 kV Kombolcha, Semera and Nagad substations. AfDB will provide the grant, which was approved in early July, through its concessional financing window, African Development Fund (ADF). The project will be co-financed by the World Bank.

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