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Interconnectivity to Further Growth in Southern Africa
Tuesday December 21, 2010  Printer Friendly Email this article


Namibia announced in mid-November the commissioning of its Caprivi Link Interconnector project, and it couldn’t come a moment too soon for the southern African region. The South African Power Pool (SAPP) is expected over the next two years to commission projects that would add about 8,800 MW of electricity to the regional grid which would allow the region to meet its local demand.

The SAPP is hoping to reach 100% connectivity to the regional power grid for all member states by 2012 with at least 70% of all households having the ability to access electricity by 2018. Zambian President Rupiah Banda said that if the project was successfully implemented, the interconnector scheme would allow further growth in the region and increase electricity trade among the four participating utilities in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The first stage of the Caprivi Link Interconnector will be comprised of a 970-km high voltage direct current bipolar line with converter stations and is expected to come online in two years. A second stage could be added if demand calls for it, and would include a 285-km AC transmission line and associated substations.

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