Tanzania has secured $258.82 million from the African Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency for a high voltage electricity line to connect its national power grid to Kenya’s, its power utility said recently.
The 400 kilovolt (kV) line will be completed within two years and is part of efforts to deepen integration between the two countries’ economies, Tanzania’s TANESCO said in a statement on its website. Kenya has already agreed to pay $50.45 million for work on the link on its side of the border.
The project is being partially funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a UA 102.79 million (USD 159.06 million) loan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with a UA 63.48 million (USD 98.23 million) loan, the Tanzanian Government with a UA 28.49 million (USD 44.09 million) equity, and the Kenyan Government with a UA 5.10 million (USD 7.89 million) equity.
The Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection project, is part of a wider project called the Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya Interconnection Project which consists of over 1,600 km T-line linking the three countries, to facilitate power trade, reduce average energy production costs and improve reliability and security of power supply to both Southern and Eastern Africa.