Ethiopia has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Sudan to export hydropower and other cheaper energy to Juba.
According to energy supplier Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia has agreed to initially export 100 megawatts of electricity to South Sudan over the next three years.
The agreement was signed last week when a South Sudanese delegation led by Energy and Dams Minister Peter Marcello paid a working visit to Ethiopia to finalize the memorandum. From what is known, the two had met Countries previously agreed on electricity purchases.
Andualem Siaa, executive officer for corporate planning at Ethiopian Electric Power, told state media that Ethiopia will export 100 megawatts of electricity to South Sudan in the first phase of the three years and will thereafter 400 megawatts of power.
Andualem said Ethiopia is aggressively working to include its neighbors as part of the regional Int egration with its neighbors.
During the signing ceremony, the South Sudanese minister said that the agreement would allow his country to accelerate the construction of transmission infrastructure in order to to connect the power grids of the two countries.
Noting that electric power is the backbone of South Sudan’s economy, Peter Marcelo said electricity will make a significant contribution to the country’s development projects and economic growth in general.
Ethiopia, which plans to become a regional clean energy exporter, has reached an agreement to sell electricity to Kenya and Tanzania. It also plans to supply power to Rwanda, Somaliland and Burundi. It regards the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (Gerd) and smaller hydroelectric dams as important sources of hydroelectric power for the local needs of 110 million people as well as neighboring countries.
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Ethiopia currently exports 254 megawatts of electricity to neighboring countries Sudan and Djibouti. According to an annual report by The EastAfrican, the company has earned $37 million from electricity exports to the two countries over the past nine months.
The controversial Gerd project is Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant Project with a capacity to generate up to 5,000 MW and started generating electricity for the first time last February.