A total of ten power projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are expected to generate just under 2 000 Mega Watt of combined power to meet regional power demands this year.
At least two projects, the Botswana Power Corporation’s Morupule B coal plant, whose commissioning is currently suffering delays, expected to generate 600 MW power and Zambia’s Ndola Energy 50 MW of heavy fuel oil plant have already reached commissioning stages.
Senior Programme Officer in the SADC Energy Division Freddie Motlhatlhedi says seven other power generation projects are under construction in six countries.
South Africa’s power utility Eskom is constructing the Medupi and Komati thermal plants expected to generate a combined power output of 821 MW in addition to a solar power plant to generate 100 MW solar energy.
Malawi is constructing the Kapichira hydro power plant expected to generate 64 MW power while Zambia’s power utility ZESCO is constructing the Kariba North hydro power expected to generate 180 MW.
Tanzania is constructing the Mwanza gas plant expected to generate 60 MW while the Democratic Republic of Congo’s SNEL is rehabilitating the Inga 1 hydro power plant to generate 55 MW. Namibia is constructing a wind power plant to generate 60 MW power.