The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has said it plans to construct a power transmission line between South Africa and Botswana, in a bid to enhance connectivity and electricity trading between the two neighbours and the entire Southern African region.
The transmission interconnector project will be named ‘BOSA’ and the Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre will oversee its operation, the Southern Times reported.
Consulting firms invited
SAPP stated, on behalf of Eskom (South Africa) and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) of Botswana, that it is inviting proposals from consulting firms to provide transaction advisory services and project scoping for the proposed transmission interconnector project between the two neighbours.
In the invitation, SAPP said: “Carry out Detailed Feasibility Studies on the Transmission Project, and Development of a Project Information Memorandum to Engineering Procurement and Construction and prepare the Project to Financial Closure.”
The transmission line project is being funded by Eskom and BPC.
Another transmission line on the cards
SAPP also revealed that it intends to construct another transmission line dubbed the Mozambique-Zimbabwe-South Africa (MoZiSa) Transmission Project.
The project is being bankrolled by the respective utilities of the three countries, namely Electricicade de Moçambique (EDM), Eskom and ZESA Holdings (Zimbabwe).
The scheme involves the three countries, which are all linked to the Southern African grid.
All the power utilities in inland Southern African Development Community (SADC), are interconnected through the SAPP, allowing them to sell electricity to one another through a competitive market.
MoZiSA and BOSA transmission lines demonstrate the potential in improving access to power through the regional grid allowing the smooth transfer of electricity between and among SADC member states.