Energy security is crucial for SADC

24 May 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) – Energy security is crucial for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to achieve its goals of industrialisation and sustainable growth, Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo has said.
Speaking at the 38th SADC Joint-Meeting for Ministers responsible for Energy and Water; and senior officials here on Friday, Alweendo said any shortage of electricity supply will have a serious and negative impact on industries, investment attraction, growth and job creation.
He noted that the region’s energy security was threatened, adding that aging fossil fuel plants have come to the end of their lifespan and need to be decommissioned.
“The age of an environmentally conscious consumer coupled with availability of alternative technologies necessitates us as leaders to make more radical sustainable choices to bring in new and sustainable infrastructure as well as upgrade our existing infrastructure,” he said.
Alweendo added that progress has been made with regional projects undertaken by member states.
These, he said, include the short-term measures such as the rehabilitation of old plants and construction of new power generation projects to address the overall generation deficit and achieve power supply adequacy by 2022.
“The cross-border interconnector projects are being prioritised to enhance security of supply and increase power trading in the region,” Alweendo said.