Title: Status of implementation of generation, transmission and interconnection projects in the Southern Africa power pool

Authors: Thomas James Hammons

Addresses: International Practices for Energy Development and Power Generation, University of Glasgow, 11C Winton Drive, Glasgow G12 0PZ, UK

Abstract: This paper reviews generation, transmission and interconnection projects together with impact of the global financial crisis on the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), with possible recommendations. Implementation of short-term measures to overcome the diminished surplus installed capacity and the projected impact of these measures on the power supply situation is reviewed. The status of power supply in SAPP is given in tables and figures. Included is installed capacity and peak demand. Supply and demand projections, demand growth, capacity planned and capacity required, the impact of load management 2009-2015 on demand, commissioned generation projects in 2008 and 2009, and the revised project commissioning plan 2010-2015 are indicated. The challenges in project implementation, the status of project implementation, demand side management, and SAPP energy efficiency programmes are then discussed. Finally, recommendations of the pool plan study are presented. Cost reflective tariffs in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are also discussed.

Keywords: Southern Africa power generation; African power transmission; interconnection; Southern Africa; global financial crisis; power supply; installed capacity; peak demand; supply and demand projections; demand growth; capacity planning; load management; tariffs; electricity pricing; electricity generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2011.040517

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2011 Vol.4 No.3, pp.238 - 260

Received: 18 Sep 2010
Accepted: 13 Jan 2011

Published online: 01 Jun 2011 *

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