Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has declared that Sudan has inquired about the purchase of 1000 megawatts of electricity from neighboring Ethiopia.
According to Fana Broadcasting Corporate, EEP executive officer Andualem Sia had told the Ethiopian news agency ENA that Sudan has expressed its interest in obtaining 1000 megawatts of electricity from Ethiopia.
Sia had also told the news agency that professionals in both countries are currently negotiating this deal.
The corporate planning officer at the EEP also revealed that experts from Ethiopia had travelled to Khartoum last month, and that Sudanese experts are expected in return to arrive in Ethiopia to resume talks.
He stated that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia’s grand hydroelectric dam, works not only to benefit Ethiopia alone, rather all of Africa, adding that the “demand for electricity from these sisterly countries shows their great expectation in the dam,” Fana reported.
Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been locked in a stalemate concerning the filling and the operating of the aforementioned dam, with the UN Security Council dedicating a session entirely to discussing the issue and urging involved parties to resolve tensions amicably.
Power cuts had been plaguing Sudan as a whole for a while, with students being forced to study under candlelight.
End of last month, the Sudanese minister had called on the electricity sector in Sudan to come up with an “integrated vision” that should help the country increase its electric yield.
A month prior to that, the Northern state in Sudan had announced that it was separating from the national electric grid and joining Egypt’s electricity program, in an effort to relieve itself from continuous power interruptions.