Ethiopian officials have confirmed that they are looking into a potential electricity deal with Yemen, says a report in Yemen Post. However, the commercial feasibility of the project has yet to be proven.
Misikir Negash, public relations heads for the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, was quoted as saying that the idea was not yet supported by study. He added that a study on technical matters will soon be launched. Yemeni Electricity official Farouk AbdulHamid said the deal has a strong chance of success.
Should studies prove encouraging, engineers explained that an electric cable could be made to join up Yemen via the Red Sea to relay power, and thus provide a steady and clean energy source. If feasible, the project will offer Yemen a practical solution to its ever-increasing energy needs.