Interconnection to boost Sub-Sahara power supplies
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA’S power interconnection with Ethiopia and Tanzania is poised to increase electricity generation in the region and boost capacity in other Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Among the countries set to benefit, mostly in Southern Africa, include Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
According to global consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), apart from boosting electricity capacity, the move has been widely viewed as catalyst for large future cross-border electricity flows.
More so, the energy supplies, according to PwC were currently limited in the regions thereby hampering increased business.
“Current cross-border electricity flow is very limited in the different power pool regions. A key constraint is the limited interconnection capacity. In addition, almost all countries in sub-Saharan Africa are short in generation capacity which also limits cross-border electricity trade,” PwC said in its report
Power shortage in the continent has seen economic power-houses such as South Africa and Nigeria suffer load shedding, witnessed job cuts in mining sector as well as other sectors of the economy.
Other countries bleeding profusely as a result of power scarcity include Ghana, Zambia.
– CAJ News
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