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AfDB extends USD97.79 million for Ethiopia’s T&D project [free access]

November 27, 2017

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD83.64 million loan and USD14.15 million grant to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, to finance the Addis Ababa Transmission and Distribution System Rehabilitation and Upgrading Project (AATDRUP).


The project entails rehabilitation and construction works on 545 km of medium-voltage lines, replacement and installation of 582 distribution transformers and 13 primary substations, and establishment of the supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). It also includes the upgrade of nine existing high-voltage substations and the construction of 3.8 km of 132 kV double-circuit overhead line.


The project will aid the government of Ethiopia to relieve the existing electricity infrastructure, and thus enable it to meet the growing power demands.


Previously, the Bank had also financed the Addis Ababa Distribution Master Plan Study, which was completed in 2015.


In addition to AfDB’s contribution of USD97.79 million, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of Ethiopia will contribute USD90.65 million and USD20.59 million respectively, to finance the total project cost of USD209.03 million.