Ethiopia on Tuesday conducted a successful test run of electricity supply to neighbouring Kenya, the Ethiopian Electric Power utility (EEP) announced.
Mr Tewodros Ayalew, the project manager, said that the testing of transferring power to the Ethiopia-Kenya high voltage direct current converter station and transmission line project was successfully completed.
The trial was carried out via the 500 KV cross-border transmission power line which links the two neighbours.
According to EEP, various electro-mechanical devices and equipment installed on the project, as well as the communication data signal, were being checked and tested ahead of Tuesday’s test trial.
Tewodros pointed out that it was able to connect the signal to the Kenyan network by sending a communication signal a few days ago.
The successful connection to the power grids of the two countries will now enable Nairobi to venture into power trade business with Addis Ababa.
Last month, Kenya signed a 25-year deal with the east African country to start importing electricity in a bid to edge out the expensive power from the national grid and ensure buffers to meet peak demand.