DJIBOUTI (HAN) July 18.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. By Mengisteab Teshome. The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) said Thursday that the power transmission work on the Ethio-Djibouti Railway is 85 per cent complete.
EEP External Relations Director Misikir Negash said 20 transaction distribution stations that could serve as power transmission are under construction by the two nations.
Upon completion of the 20 distribution stations 17 would be constructed by Ethiopia and the remaining by Djibouti with a capacity to generate 132 and 230 KV respectively , he added.
From the old 132 kv electric supply line some 140-kms has been rehabilitated, he said. According to Misikir, the power supply project is being undertaken at a cost over 74 million USD, 85 per cent of which is provided in loan by EximBank and the balance is covered by the government.
Four Chinese contractors are participating in the substation and transmission line construction work.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation said the overall performance of the railway project has reached 98 per cent as the laying of rail, and construction of stations as well as electro mechanical work is completed. The railway project has so far created over 1,000 jobs.
The project, which consumed 3.4 billion USD, will begin trial service next September, according to a report filed by ENA.