Khartoum, June 5 (SUNA) - The Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Eng. Mohamed Abdalla Mahmud, discussed with a delegation of the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) a study to establish a second line for electricity interconnection between Sudan and Ethiopia with a total capacity of three thousand megawatts and a voltage of (500) KV; to be implemented in three phases, 1,000 megawatts each year with financing from the World Bank.

 The Minister of Energy and Petroleum said they hope that the World Bank will work to implement its commitments to serve the Sudanese people, especially since Sudan needs to double its electricity in order to cover the country's need for energy.

This came when the minister received today in his office a delegation of the organization, which comprises several African countries, including Sudan.

He also met with a delegation of the Environmental Study Committee for the Sudan-Ethiopia line.

The head of the committee said they came to do a two-pronged study, technical and financial, where the technical evaluation took place in Ethiopia and the financial evaluation will be conducted in Sudan, noting that discussions will continue until contracts are signed between the organization and the contractor, and it is expected that this will be next month, provided that the study will be completed within six months.

It is worth noting that an electricity interconnection line links Sudan and Ethiopia with a total capacity of 200 megawatts and a voltage of 220 kV. The second line comes as a strong boost to stability of the electric current in Sudan, under the auspices of the organization of Eastern Africa Power Pool for electricity interconnection between member states.

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