Member states of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) have committed to supporting South Africa in providing for the country’s electricity needs during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup. All 13 member states have committed to support in the areas of generation, transmission and demand side management initiatives during the events.
“We are delighted with the level of cooperation we are receiving from our SAPP counterparts. This initiative confirms that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is truly, and indeed, an African event,” said Eskom Project 2010 unit MD Johnny Dladla this week.
He said further that Eskom hoped to secure as much as 1 000MW during the World Cup from other members of the SAPP. Of that amount, it was hoped that some 400MW would be secured from hydropower in order to meet ‘green’ power targets for the event. Eskom has already reached agreement with Cahora Bassa in Mozambique, as well as operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho. Discussions are also underway for securing hydropower from Zambia.