Victoria Falls – The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) says it will add 700MW to the regional grid before the end of 2021.
SAPP Co-ordination Centre Executive Director Engineer Stephen Dihwa this week told The Southern Times Business that more participants were expected to join the regional pool.
“Currently we are processing applications from six independent power producers (IPPs), one from Eswatini, one from South Africa, two from Zambia and two from Zimbabwe. We have also received enquiries from IPPs in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa who intent to apply for SAPP membership,” he said.
Eng Dihwa said there were already IPPs on SAPP grid namely Ndola Energy (Zambia), Lusemfwa Hydro (Zambia) and Hydro Cabora Bassa (Mozambique).
“The applications are at different stages, so some by third quarter of this year. They will increase energy available on the SAPP market by 700 MW,” he said, adding that the power pool would develop new transmission infrastructure to copy with increased power on the grid.
According to statistics from SAPP, total traded volumes increased by 30 percent to 111.30GWh in March 2021, from the February 2021 volume of 85.54GWh.
There were 15 active portfolios from 10 members on the market in March, with a marginal increase in participation when compared to February 2021 which had 14 active portfolios from nine members.
Power demand is expected to surge as winter approaches in the region.
SAPP was created in August 1995 when SADC Heads of State and Government (excluding Mauritius) signed an inter-governmental MoU for formation of an electricity power pool that would boost co-operation in energy and related infrastructure, among other considerations.