Utilities Middle East
Sudan could purchase 1GW of electricity from Ethiopia
The additional capacity is expected to ease electric power shortages that continue to undermine economic growth in Sudan
Sudan has shown interest in purchasing up to 1000 megawatts (MW) of Electricity from Ethiopia, according to senior officials at Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
Ethiopian news agency ENA quoted Andualem Sia, EEP executive officer, saying that Sudan had shown interest in making the purchase.
Experts from Ethiopia travelled to Khartoum to discuss this possibility, according to the corporate planning officer at EEP.
Sudan’s state news agency (SUNA) also reported on Friday that Sudan was in talks with Ethiopia over the purchase.
Sudan already imports about 200MW from Ethiopia, which constitutes around 10% of the country’s needs.
Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been locked in a stalemate concerning the filling and the operating of the aforementioned dam, with the UN Security Council dedicating a session entirely to discussing the issue and urging involved parties to resolve tensions amicably.
Power cuts have plagued Sudan for years, with several students being forced to study under candlelight.
Last month, the Sudanese minister called upon the electricity sector in Sudan to come up with an “integrated vision” that could help the country increase its electric yield.