transmission lines

The Africa Power Vision (APV), a joint venture, has designed a long-term plan for increasing access to reliable and affordable power across Africa. The development plan will make use of the continent’s diverse energy resources in a manner that is in line with the Africa 2063 Agenda.

APV was jointly developed by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB),

Africa Power Vision to tackle critical energy projects

The APV will drive energy projects through the implementing arm of the African Union, the NEPAD Agency.

According to NEPAD, the foundations of the APV are based on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), targeting priority energy projects in Africa with the aim of advancing its implementation in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063.

[quote]“APV aims to achieve an 80% residential electrification rate by 2040 and 90% for industry/business, with sufficient energy to deliver to those connected, while also implementing off-grid solutions and making full usage of the vast renewable energy resources in Africa,” NEPAD said in a statement.

In South Africa, the initiative has plans to develop an 8,000km transmission line that will stretch across Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and anchor in South Africa.

By facilitating trade between the East African and Southern African Power Pools, the transmission line will have the capacity to transmit between 3,000 and 17,000MW.

Key objectives

NEPAD highlights the five pillars that form the bedrock of the vision:

  • leveraging domestic resources,
  • driving GDP growth with electrification,
  • scale-up of power through regional integration
  • running our power assets efficiently, and
  • mobilising all available resources

“APV will not only advance the implementation of PIDA and targeted priority energy projects in Africa, but will also provide a continental vision and framework under which further energy projects can be developed in a coherent and integrated manner that will eventually achieve Africa targeted goals of energy accessibility,” NEPAD said in a statement.