Southern African region to require US$5.2 billion for power

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) reports the 14-nation region will require at least US$5.2 billion by 2011 to rehabilitate power projects and to invest in short-term electricity projects.

Quoting Southern African Power Pool figures, the SADC publication SADC Today said rehabilitation and associated infrastructure work will add 3,200 MW to the grid at an estimated cost of US$1.4 billion. Most of that work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.

Short-term generation projects are expected to cost the region US$3.8 billion for another 4,200 MW by 2011. Much work is planned on transmission to connect far-flung power stations.

Hydro seen for medium- and long-term supply

Medium- to long-term generation projects to supply the SADC region include the Western Power Corridor Project (Westcor), of Angola, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Namibia, and Botswana. (HNN 11/24/06)

The Westcor plan calls for new transmission to link 6,500 MW of new hydropower projects in Angola’s Cuanza (or Kwanza) River Basin, in addition to the DRC’s proposed giant Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River.

The 560-MW Capanda Dam is to be completed in April 2007 on the Cuanza, 400 kilometers north of Luanda, Angola. The proposed 3,500-MW Inga 3 hydropower project is seen as the first step in a 40,000-MW Inga complex. (HNN 11/17/06)

The Botswana-based SADC includes Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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