SADC to Commission 3,000MW of New Power in 2016

Southern Africa aims to commission new power projects that will add 3,059 megawatts of electricity this year as the region targets to ensure that it meets its energy needs by 2020.

According to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which coordinates the planning, generation and transmission of electricity on behalf of member state utilities, the majority of the new power this year is expected to come from South Africa.

At least three power generation projects with a combined output of 1,624MW will be commissioned in South Africa. Another significant contribution is expected to come from Zambia, which is due to add 300MW.