14 Oct 2016 09:00am
SWAKOPMUND, 14 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia and Angola will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the interconnector power transmission project in an effort to boost integration of the regional power grid.
With the current generation capacity amounting to 58 000 Megawatts (MW), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region still faces a deficit when it comes to the demand for electricity and the reserve required.
Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze said Namibia is working with Angola on the studies for the Angola-Namibia interconnector power transmission project.
The intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on this has been prepared and is under evaluation by the two governments before signature, he said Thursday during the three-day 41st Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) conference underway in Swakopmund.
The project involves the construction of power transmission lines from the proposed Baynes Hydropower Plant in lower Kunene, Namibia, to link with the national power grid of Angola.
The objective is to transmit power from Baynes to Angola and the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), and compliment the SADC region's plan to develop new power generation projects.
Kandjoze said other intergovernmental and inter-utility memoranda under review include the Botswana-Namibia and Namibia-South Africa interconnectors.
While considering the power supply and demand situation in the region, SADC member states are concerned with the current capacity shortfall of 8 247 MW.
Last year, SADC countries identified nine high priority energy transmission projects valued at more than US$4 billion (approximately N.dollars 56 billion) for promotion and marketing to investors.
These projects are at various stages of development and include the ZiZaBoNa Iterconnector project to be implemented by Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.
Other energy projects to be prioritised include the Central Transmission Corridor, Mozambique Backbone Project, Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya Interconnector as well as the proposed Namibia-Angola Interconnector that will connect Tanzania and Angola to the SAPP.
SAPP is coordinating the planning, generation, transmission and marketing of electricity on behalf of SADC member states.