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Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector on track [free access]

October 30, 2018

As per reports, the Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector is expected to be commissioned by mid-2019, as scheduled.


The interconnector entails the construction of a 1,045-km, ±500 kV high voltage direct current (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 HVDC project is divided into four lots, which are being undertaken by a consortium of Germany’s equipment manufacturer Siemens (for the converter station), and Indian engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) majors KEC International Limited, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL). The project is jointly funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the World Bank, and the government of Kenya.