The African Development Fund (AfDB) has approved a $145 million loan request by Kenya and Tanzania to fund the building of an electricity line between the two countries.
This, according to the bank, will improve the power connections as that is the major problem that deters the growth, development and investment opportunities of the East Africa.
This funding, the bank says will help construct 508km of transmission lines and substations along to allow the transfer of 2000MW of electricity in either direction between Kenya and Tanzania.
With this project, Kenya will be adding 5000 MW on installed capacity by 2017 from approximately 1664; while Tanzania wants to double its generation capacity to 3000MW by next year.
Similar connections will be done between Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia by 2018 that will cost them $1.4 billion. Ethiopia and Kenya will also have a similar connection that will improve the electricity supply.