Namibia and Angola to sign MoU on power interconnector project

Namibia and Angola to sign MoU on power interconnector project
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The Namibian

Namibia and Angola will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the inter-connector power transmission project. Nampa has quoted Mines and Energy Minister, Obeth Kandjoze, saying the MoU is an effort to boost integration of the regional power grid. It says Kandjoze has observed that the SADC region has a deficit in power generation and power reserve of about 58 000 Megawatts in relation to current electricity demand in the region. He says the draft agreement is being prepared and evaluated, in order for both governments to sign. The project involves the construction of power transmission lines from the proposed Baynes Hydro-power Plant in lower Kunene, Namibia, to link with the national power grid of Angola. The objective is to transmit power from Baynes to Angola and the Southern Africa Power Pool - SAPP. Kandjoze said other inter-governmental and inter-utility memoranda under review include the Botswana-Namibia and Namibia-South Africa inter-connectors. SAPP is coordinating the planning, generation, transmission and marketing of electricity on behalf of SADC member states. Kandjoze was speaking during the three-day 41st Southern African Power Pool conference, held at Swakopmund in the Erongo region.