EU and Eritrea Sign a 2.7MW Solar Electricity Accord

The €11m, 2.7 megawatt project will supply electricity to 28 villages in Areza and Mai-Dima sub-zones
The €11m, 2.7 megawatt project will supply electricity to 28 villages in Areza and Mai-Dima sub-zones

By Shabait,

THE Government of Eritrea and the European Union (EU) today concluded an agreement here in the capital regarding the installation of solar energy electricity facility in Areza and Mai-Dima sub-zones, Southern Region.

According to the agreement signed today in the Ministry of National Development, the project involves 11-million Euro, out of which 8 million would be covered by the EU and the remaining amount by the Eritrean government and the UNDP. 

Present at the signing ceremony on the Eritrean side were Mr. Efrem Gebrekirstos, Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Tesfai Zekarias, Director General of the Energy Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and on the side of the partners the EU Ambassador to Eritrea, Mr. Christian Manahl, and Ms. Rose K. Ssebantindira, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Eritrea.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Tesfai Zekarias, explained that the Eritrean government is exerting the necessary effort to ensure sustainable energy supply and that it attaches due importance to the collaboration of partners to this end.

Likewise, Ambassador Christian Manahl of the EU stated that the organization has plans to enhance collaboration with Eritrea in the domain. In the same vein, Ms. Rose K. Ssebantindira said that such collaboration would continue.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the 2.7 megawatt project would benefit a total of 28 villages in the aforementioned sub-zones as regards electricity supply.