THE ZAMBEZI River Authority has shortlisted six international companies for the construction of the Batoka Gorge hydropower station.
The ZRA, a statutory body owned jointly by Zambia and Zimbabwe and responsible for managing the Zambezi River, invited applications in December 2012 from experienced companies to bid for the construction of the hydropower station. The deadline for bids was 8 February this year.
SADC HAS revised to 2017 the target for eradication of an electricity deficit that has affected the region since 2007.
SADC energy ministers meeting in Lesotho in May noted that about 17,000 megawatts (MW) of new generation is expected to be commissioned between 2013 and 2016.
SOUTHERN AFRICA expects to commission projects that will add about 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the regional grid this year.
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which coordinates the planning, generation, transmission and marketing of electricity on behalf of Member State utilities in the SADC region, said the bulk of the new electricity, will come from South Africa and Botswana.
THE REGIONAL Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA) is developing a five-year strategic plan that will result in the crafting of energy regulatory frameworks and facilitating the creation of a viable regional energy market by 2017.
The strategic plan for 2013- 2017 will aim to develop energy regulatory frameworks, instruments and methods to promote regional integration and harmonization. This is expected to facilitate the development of a viable regional energy market in SADC.
SOUTHERN AFRICA continues to make significant progress towards achieving a sustainable and competitive electricity market that allows member countries to easily sell and buy electricity from each other. The competitive electricity market, commonly known as the Day Ahead Market (DAM), was commissioned in December 2009 and is administered by the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
Major boost for the regional energy competitive market …as SAPP, Norway sign agreement to support DAM
THE REGIONAL competitive electricity market is expected to record some significant improvement following the signing of a three-year agreement between Norway and the Southern African Power Pool to support the energy trading market.