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Powering Up: Costing Power Infrastructure Investment Needs in Southern and Eastern Africa

Author: Orvika Rosnes and Haakon Vennemo
Organisation: World Bank Group
Publish Date: May 2008
Country: Africa
Sector: Development
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Energy
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Infrastructure, Energy, Policies, Power, Cost impacts, Electrification, Power trade, Climate change

Deals with the development of a model to analyze the costs of expanding the power sector through 2015, under different assumptions. The model simulates optimal (least cost) strategies for generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity in response to demand increases in each of 20 countries participating in the power pools of southern and eastern Africa. The Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) consists of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Within the SAPP, South Africa clearly occupies a dominant position, accounting for 80 percent of overall power demand. The Nile Basin–East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) consists of Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Here, Egypt is the driving force, accounting for 70 percent of power demand within the EAPP. Finally, Madagascar is also included in our study as an island state.
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