Ethiopia-Djibouti Power Interconnection Project
Ethiopia and Djibouti, Africa
Client: Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation and Electricite de Djibouti
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Project Management
A power transmission line connecting Ethiopia and Djibouti will bring electricity for the first time to remote border towns in Ethiopia and provide a market for Ethiopia’s huge hydroelectric generating capacity. The 230-kV power transmission line totals 176 miles (283 kilometers) and includes 126 miles (203 kilometers) in Ethiopia and 50 miles (80 kilometers) in Djibouti.
Parsons Brinckerhoff and its consortium partner provided consulting services to the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) and Electricite de Djibouti (EdD), including project supervision and management, technical and contractual review, and environmental mitigation measures. Services also included institutional support to EdD and EEPCO to assist them in achieving the operational capacity necessary to accept the interconnection to their respective power systems.
Following the project, expected sales of electricity in Djibouti are expected to increase from about 425 GWh to 930 GWh by 2025. Up to 75 percent of that electricity is expected to be exported from Ethiopia, to the advantage of both countries.