THE DEVELOPMENT of an electricity transmission interconnector linking Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia could soon become a reality following the invitation of investors to establish the transmission link.
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which coordinates the planning, generation, transmission and marketing of electricity on behalf of utilities in the region, completed the tendering process in May and a number of investors are reported to have expressed interest in developing the electricity transmission interconnector.
ANGOLA PLANS to increase its electricity generation capacity from the present 1,200 megawatts (MW) to 8,400 MW by 2025. Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges said the goal is to double the country’s electrification rate from about 30 percent to 60 percent over the same period. He said between 2002 and 2012, Angola focused on the rehabilitation of infrastructure destroyed by the long civil war the country had suffered, with a particular focus on power transmission and distribution. The second period of development has been earmarked for the period 2013 - 2015, which includes the increase of access to electricity.
AS SOUTHERN Africa steps up efforts to improve power supply in the region, the question of guaranteeing energy security is expanding from the usual concerns around generation capacity to addressing pertinent soft infrastructure issues that create an enabling environment for investment in the sector.
SADC WILL take its multi-billion- dollar infrastructure development plan to potential funders when the region hosts an investment conference at the end of June in Mozambique. The conference, scheduled for Maputo from 27-28 June, is expected to bring together SADC heads of state and government, ministers responsible for Infrastructure, international cooperating partners, prospective investors including multilateral financial institutions such as the African Development Bank and World Bank, as well as representatives of the African Union.
SOUTHERN AFRICA has the potential to achieve universal access to modern energy services if the region puts in place a sound and vibrant strategy to properly harness its renewable energy resources.
The SADC Energy Ministers meeting in Maseru, Lesotho, said the development of a renewable energy strategy will ensure that the SADC region is able to effectively manage and exploit its abundant natural resources.
MALAWI AND Mozambique have signed a power interconnection agreement to enable Malawi to draw electricity from the massive Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique.
Under the agreement, signed by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Malawian President Joyce Banda, the interconnection will be done in two phases.
The first phase will involve constructing system and transmitters that will take electricity from Matambo Substation in Tete, Mozambique, to Phombeya in Balaka, Malawi. The second and last phase will include systems to extend the connection back to Nampula and Nacala provinces in Mozambique through Malawi.
Mozambique is expected to finance the 200 km power connection from Tete to Balaka while Malawi will finance the 800 km extension of the connection from Balaka to Nacala.