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Ethiopia’s power deficit push Kenya to mull deal

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Kenya may be forced to renegotiate its 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ethiopia if the deepening electricity crisis in the Horn of Africa nation gets out of control.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) has expressed concern over the escalating energy crisis in Addis Ababa, saying it poses a power supply ‘risk’ to Nairobi and could call for renegotiation of the agreement signed in July 2022.

“As of now they (Ethiopia) have not given any notification to Kenya or to us the regulator that they are not able to meet the demand because these are contractual obligations. However, in terms of the security of power supply, yes, it is a risk,” the Authority’s chief executive Daniel Kiptoo told The EastAfrican in a telephone interview on April 9.

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Ethiopia strategically plays neighboring countries against one another to renegotiate favorable port deals, tariffs and access, and Kenya turns the table by renegotiating on energy. Mature countries who are driven by their own interest, nothing wrong with this. 

Headless Somali’s could learn one or two things if they paid any attention and took a moment to learn and think beyond their tainted clan perspectives, 

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Eastern Africa Power Pool "EAPP" is very promising, and as and when Somalia taps into it, it could begin small scale industrialisation starting with basics.

Eastern Africa Power Pool "EAPP".
EAPP is a regional institution established in 2005 to coordinate cross-border power trade and grid interconnection among nations of the Eastern Africa region. The EAPP currently has thirteen (13) member countries that signed the Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) and fourteen utilities that signed the Inter Utility Memorandum of Understanding (IUMOU).

The primary goal of the EAPP is to establish a regional power market, which will enable member countries to trade electricity with each other, leading to increased access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity. The establishment of the regional power market will also provide opportunities for member countries to develop their energy resources and export excess power to neighboring countries.

To achieve this goal, the EAPP has developed a number of programs and initiatives. These include the development of interconnectors and transmission lines, the harmonization of regulatory frameworks, the promotion of renewable energy, and the enhancement of institutional and human capacity

Over the past decade, the EAPP has made significant progress toward achieving its goals. The most notable achievements include the development of interconnectors and transmission lines, which have enabled member countries to exchange electricity with each other. For example, the Ethiopia-Kenya transmission line, which was completed in 2019, has a capacity of 2,000 MW and has enabled Ethiopia to export excess power to Kenya.

Member States:
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Republic of Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Somalia, Rwanda and Libya.

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