Zimbabwe: Southern African Power Pool Warns Country
Jan 19, 2007 Makoshori, Shame, Zimbabwe
Independent/All Africa Global Media
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has warned
that electricity transmission bottlenecks in Zimbabwe's
power infrastructure are affecting power transmission
between utilities in the region.
SAPP is a group of 12 power companies in the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) which was established
to coordinate the planning and operations of electric
power systems in the countries, which are facing the
threat of electricity shortfalls this year.
In its 2006 annual report, SAPP said while major steps
towards regional power integration were taken in the
period, the group was worried about transmission congestion
Power infrastructure in Zimbabwe had not been replaced
for decades and desperate efforts are underway to
refurbish major power stations.
"Transmission congestion has been noted on some points
in the system especially the transmission bottlenecks
within the Zesa (Holdings) system in Zimbabwe, which
geographically lies at the centre of SAPP," the report
"This bottleneck is hindering the electricity trade
between northern and southern countries," SAPP said.
Sapp's concerns came as other SADC economies had previously
warned that the deteriorating economic situation in
Zimbabwe could have negative consequences on regional
economic performance if urgent steps were not taken
to address the decline.
They warned that Zimbabwe, with four digit inflation
figures, could become the stumbling block to the region's
Power utilities making up Sapp include the Botswana
Power Corporation, Eskom of South Africa, Nampower
of Namibia, the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company,
Zesa, the Lesotho Electricity Corporation, the Swaziland
Electricity Board,the Electricity Supply Corporation
of Malawi, Zambia's Zesco and others.