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Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia to launch $1.4bn interconnector project

On Friday, the Zambian Ministry of Energy and Water Development issued a notice for interested parties to partake in a study to determine how much power a planned high voltage interconnector will deliver to Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya, Reuters reported.

Power trade: interconnector project

The three neighbouring countries are gearing to launch a $1.4 billion interconnector project to boost power trade, energy security and regional economic integration, which according to the ministry is set to be completed by 2018.

The ministry has invited all interested consultants to partake in the study.

The notice highlighted: “The purpose of the study is to clarify expected power volumes and revenues.”

Reuters reported that between the three countries, they intend building a 2,300km, 400kV interconnector and 373km of 330kV power lines. The responsibility of the power lines falls within each region’s jurisdiction.

The interconnector project will support those regions experiencing a lack of power and at the same time facilitate investment in the energy sector.

Boosting power generation

Currently, Kenya has an output capacity of 1,664MW, which the Kenyan authorities aim to increase to 5,000MW by 2017, while Tanzania aims to boost generation to 3,000MW by 2016.

Zambia is generating an estimated 2,200MW of electricity and has set the target to add an additional 1,673MW within the next year.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.