SAPP meetings kick off

26 Feb 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia is hosting the 52nd Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) meetings with electricity industry heads from around southern Africa to deliberate on power planning, operations and development.
The meetings are being held in Windhoek between Tuesday and Thursday.
The first plenary meeting started on Tuesday, where the four different sub-committees set the agenda for the discussions for the three-day meetings.
The four sub-committees are markets, planning, operating and environment.
One of the main points on the agenda for deliberation was the improvement of infrastructure to minimise and ultimately eliminate load shedding.
The operating sub-committee chairperson, John Diya pointed out that the most power disturbances experienced in southern Africa were during December 2018 and January 2019.
Environmental sub-committee (ESC) chairperson Constance van Zaydum said one of the causes of the power outages are climate change and the committee needs to find ways to address its impact on the infrastructure.
“ESC continues to push the agenda of climate change as it views this as a risk that is going to negatively impact SAPP infrastructure and operations going forward,” Van Zaydum said.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo will attend the official opening of the 52nd SAPP meetings on Wednesday.