Ethiopia suspends electricity exports to neighboring Djibouti, Sudan due to a production deficit
President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia
Due to drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams that led to a production deficit, Ethiopia has suspended electricity exports to neighboring Djibouti and Sudan, which earns the country $180 million a year, the minister for water and electricity, Seleshi Bekele, said on Friday.
The situation also leaves the country to rationing electricity for domestic and industrial customers.
The drop in water levels at the country’s Gibe 3 dam had led to a deficit of 476 megawatts, Seleshi told a news conference, more than a third of the country’s electricity generation of 1,400 MW.
Under the rationing program, which runs until July, domestic consumers will face blackouts for several hours each day, while cement and steel firms will have to operate fewer shifts due to the cuts, Seleshi said.