04 Sep 2013 08:30
WALVIS BAY, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - The ZIZABONA and Central Transmission Corridor (CTC) projects are considered critical in opening up transmission capacity in order to increase energy trading for the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
This was said by Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Management Committee Chairperson, Julian Chinembiri during the opening of the 41st SAPP executive committee meeting here on Tuesday.
The Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia (ZIZABONA) project involves an electricity transmission line established to connect the four countries.
The CTC project seeks to import more power from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mozambique to meet domestic demand and reduce costs associated with congestion, which would in effect lead to more efficient power trading.
Chinembiri explained that the SAPP will use the meeting to review and develop an action plan on the directives which came from an inter-ministerial meeting for energy in the SADC region held in Lesotho in May this year.
He stated that the first directive during this forum will be to review the founding documents of the SAPP, with a view towards embracing the new mandate of project coordination.
The second directive is to ensure that the Regional Energy Access Strategy and Action Plan for the SADC region is aligned to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and all other global initiatives aimed at scaling up access to modern energy services.
The SAPP has formed an Electrification Working Group that is working on this matter and an update report will be given to the Management Committee, Chinembiri stated.
He indicated that all SADC member states will be expected to adopt the African Guidelines for the African Sustainable Charcoal Framework, and the African Decentralised Strategy, adding that SADC member countries should use these strategic documents to develop pathways and make appropriate technology choices.
SAPP will receive working group recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Framework, recommendations on how to increase energy trading in the day-ahead marker (DAM), and also recommendations on financing and sustainable electrification, he noted.
The four-day meeting is being attended by specialists in the field of electricity from countries within southern Africa.
It provides a forum for the specialists to deliberate on important power planning and development issues within the SADC region.