Home | News    Monday 31 December 2012

Ethiopia and Sudan negotiating for energy trade balance

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 31, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia and Sudan are in negotiations to balance the revenues earned from Ethiopia’s sale of electric power to Sudan with the equivalent expenditure of oil imported from Sudan to Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa.

PNG - 50.1 kb
Blue Nile Map

After the completion of the Ethiopia-Sudan transmission line in February Ethiopia has, in a test run, started exporting 100 megawatts (MW) of hydro-power generated electricity to Sudan. Sudan will initially be provided with 100MW but this is expected to increase over time.

Ethiopia imports most of its fuel from Sudan, spending over 50 percent of the 4.4 USD made from the country’s total 2012 export earnings to meet nation’s fuel demand. Ethiopia sells electricity at a price of 0.6 Ethiopian Birr per Kilo Watt. This is equivalent to 0.07USD for Kwh.

Sudan was already a large importer of Ethiopian agricultural products before the electricity deal. Ethiopia also supplies 80 percent of Djibouti’s electric power.

Ambassador Dina Mufti, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the power deals Ethiopia is making with neighbouring countries “will also have an important role in supporting the African Union’s efforts towards continental integration”.

The Ethiopian official did not detail where the talks were taking place but he said the state utility, Ethiopia Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo) is handling it and is already working with Sudanese officials.

The Horn of Africa nation is spending billions of US dollars constructing power plants including the dams on the Blue Nile, which have proved controversial with Egypt and to a lesser extent Sudan.

As part of the country’s five year Growth and Transformation Plan, Addis Ababa is aiming to boost its power production capacity from 3,000 MW - its current level - to 10,000 MW by 2015.

Ethiopia is considered among continent’s leading natural energy producer and has an estimated potential of producing 45,000 MW of hydroelectricity, according to data based on studies provide by the EEPCo.

Ethiopia has a total of 12 hydro-power plants, including those under construction. The most controversial project is the Renaissance dam which is being built in Blue Nile River.

There are also other massive Dam projects such as Gilgel Gibe III along the Omo River. The dams on the Blue Nile River and Omo River dam projects will both have trans-boundary impacts.

Environmentalists have been protesting against the Gibe projects, arguing it will affect the hundreds of thousands of nomads whose livelihoods depend on the water source.

In case of dam projects along Blue Nile River, down stream countries of Egypt and Sudan say the projects will reduce water flow to their territory and further say it violates a historic water rights treaty signed in 1959.

Ethiopia is leading other upstream countries to demand a fair and equitable share of the Nile Basin’s water sources.

Despite growing protests Addis Ababa, however, insists to carry on the projects with or without external funds.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 31 December 2012 12:38, by Thel Mangardit

    You Ethiopia, make an agreement but let the Sudan Pay you before exporting those things to Sudan why, Sudan is a criminal number one in Africa.

    repondre message

  • 31 December 2012 22:59, by Northern Sudanese

    2013!!!!!!!!!
    Happy new year to all my friends & enemies :D

    repondre message

  • 26 May 2013 03:31, by seth0098

    For the most furniture part, I am in agreement with bean bag chairs what you wrote. couch It’s certainly reading furniture what others have to say on the subject matter.visit their sitesofa

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Musa Hilal’s "Awakening": Khartoum’s worst nightmare? 2015-04-22 06:33:05 By the Sudan Democracy First Musa Hilal, once one of the principal commanders of the Janjaweed militias which supported the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the 2003/04 ethnic cleansing campaign in (...)

A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A huge step in democratic consolidation 2015-04-22 13:12:25 EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN 3 CLEVELAND ROW, ST.JAMES'S LONDON SW1A 1DD TEL: 020-7839 8080 PRESS AND INFORMATION RELEASE (2/2015) Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A Huge Step in Democratic (...)

Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.