Harare – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed US$530m to construction of a 343km, 400kV transmission line in Angola that will carry clean energy to Namibia and throughout the SADC region.
The new transmission line will become the backbone of power distribution to the southern provinces of Angola and Namibia, and will enable further power trading between countries in the region, the AfDB said this week.
This is part of the bank’s Energy Sector Efficiency and Expansion Programme, which will enhance the operations of the Southern African Pool Power.
Within Angola, the line will connect the south transmission grids which rely heavily on expensive diesel generators supported by government subsidies.
The construction of the electricity line will increase transmission capacity by 2,250MW and eliminate the need for pollution-causing diesel-powered generators.