Japan signs RoD with Southern African Power Pool for infrastructure expansion

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The Southern Africa region has a high potential for the use of renewable energy sources such as hydro, solar, and wind power. However, renewable energy resources are unevenly distributed and the region is unable to fully utilize renewable energy as a whole. Furthermore, with the future growth of electricity demand in the Southern Africa region, peak demand is projected to reach 85,000 MW by 2040. In order to provide clean and affordable electricity and improve access to electricity in the long term, it is essential to promote the development of renewable energy sources and the integration of electricity sharing within the region.

Through SAPP, whose secretariat is located in Zimbabwe, this project will provide capacity building for wide-area system operation and electricity market operation for the power utilities of 12 SAPP member countries, and will contribute to the promotion of stable access to clean and affordable electricity in the Southern Africa region.

This project will therefore also contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goals 7 (Affordable and clean energy), 13 (Climate action), and 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

SAPP is an organization consisting of representatives of power companies in the Southern Africa region, established to provide a reliable and economically efficient supply of electricity for its member countries. The 12 member countries are: the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of South Africa, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Zambia, and the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Details for the project are provided below.

Basic project information

Country Republic of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Project title Project for Strengthening Regional Power System of Southern
African Power Pool
Planned implementation period 36 months
Executing agency Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre
Target region Harare City/12 countries in the Southern Africa region (Angola,
Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Specific project details (provisional) – Priority areas for wide-area power-infrastructure development will be identified based on the region’s long-term supply and demand forecast.
– Improved measures for wide-area system operation and control will be prepared through the implementation of regional training.
– Improved measures for electricity market operation will be prepared through the implementation of regional training.

Source: JICA


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