Southern Africa projects additional 27,000MW of electricity by 2018

Southern Africa in 2013 cut its power deficit to 3,000 Mega Watts (MW) and projected to add another 27,000 MW by 2018, as the region ramp up electricity generation to meet growing demand.

Musara Beta, an analyst at Southern Africa Power Pool, said on Thursday that the region currently has a peak demand of 54,000 MW against generation capacity of 51,000 MW.

According to him, the shortfall was narrowed to about 7,000 MW a year ago, as new power comes on stream and more people in the region use energy saving bulbs.

“What we are planning to commission in the next four years to 2018 is around 27,000 megawatts.

“These are projects that are under construction,” Mr. Beta said during a mining summit in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

He said that most of the new electricity would come from South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia.

Mr. Beta also projected that power generation would surpass demand by the end of 2016.

Zimbabwe is one of the countries in the region hardest hit by electricity shortages, forcing home owners and industries to endure long hours of power cuts, known locally as load shedding.

He said that work started last month to expand its Kariba hydro power plant by 300 MW, but several other projects which could generate up to 2,000MW in new electricity remain on the back burner due to lack of funds. (Reuters/NAN)


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  • True Nigerian

    How many kilowatts does Africa’s largest economy in West Africa generate again? And how many is the ridiculous government of the largest economy promising to generate in the next few years?

    • Efe1

      Ask SA(TAN)

  • Mr. Abdin

    When is Nigeria going beyond 3,000 Megawatts? but i think the jonathanians will pretend that all is well.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    South Africa can project one million MEGA WATTS of electricity, for all that I care. Projection is never REALIZATION. They (South Africa) should be aware of the fact there will election in Nigeria by next year. They stand to lose a lot if they contribute to the distabilization of Nigeria. A WORD IS A ENOUGH FOR THE WISE!!!!

    • Madiba

      Why the unecessary and highly emotional outbursts. The news item is clearly talking about the region Southern Africa (SADC countires). Its very clear. You are the one getting a ”skip” because you taught of your country Nigeria. Ref ”He said that most of the new electricity would come from South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia”. Its a pyschological thing. When you are doing well you, you know; when you are deceiving yourself, you also know.

    • Efe1

      Keep quite