New framework to help energy roll-out in southern Africa

Author(s): 
Darryll Kilian
Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
First presented: 
Infrastructurenews
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Environmental/Social

An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is being rolled out among Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to help accelerate priority electricity projects.

The framework, which was developed by SRK Consulting South Africa and commissioned by the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) in 2016, will facilitate the screening of key power projects in line with lenders’ requirements – in turn speeding up their implementation across the sub-continent.

A key obstacle to energy access in southern Africa is the quality of the existing power grids, which limit the ability of new power generation to be harnessed and distributed. The SAPP – which supplies electricity to consumers in 16 SAPP utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) – is busy improving these grids.

Acknowledged: Infrastructurenews and www.infrastructurene.ws.co.za

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