By Azania Post Reporter
SADC region has emphasised on the need to improve its energy infrastructure, a number one priority for Africa’s development, the organisation’s senior programme officer Moses Ntlamelle has said.
Speaking at SADC Energy (Electricity and Petroleum Gas) subcommittees meeting yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa, he said the infrastructure plays a crucial role for the region.
The meeting aimed at deliberating on security of energy supply in the SADC region with focus on implementation of national and regional programmes and projects aimed to facilitate availability of sufficient, reliable, least cost energy services
According to him, such a service is in support of the Regional Integration, Industrialisation, Eradication of Poverty and Economic Growth.
The objectives were concurrent with the SADC Protocol on energy of 1996, which promotes harmonious development of national energy policies and matters of common interest for the balanced and equitable development of energy throughout the region.
The meeting also discussed and validated the terms of the reference (TORs) for the regional (Inter-State) gas committee.
The outcomes of the meeting will be presented to the Joint meeting of SADC ministers responsible for energy and for water which will be held in Sandton, South Africa on June this month to be preceded by the ministerial workshop on regional gas infrastructure and market development
Through the SAPP network, the regional objective is to ensure electricity connectivity for all the mainland Member States.
SADC has prioritized the interconnectors and national transmission projects associated with regional integration transmission projects to connect outstanding Member States namely Angola, Malawi and Tanzania through Angola-Namibia Interconnector.
Mozambique-Malawi interconnector and Zambia-Tanzania interconnector which will link the East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and SAPP.
These transmission interconnectors will obviously contribute towards continental integration through energy infrastructure by enhancing power trading along the East, Central and West corridors of the SAPP network.