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Zimbabwe, South Africa expedite feasibility studies for MoZiSa Project [free access]

March 20, 2019

Zimbabwe and South Africa have instructed their respective power utilities — Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom), to expedite feasibility studies for the Mozambique–Zimbabwe component of the MoZiSa (Mozambique–Zimbabwe–South Africa) Transmission Project.


The two countries have agreed to give their comprehensive report on the feasibility study by December 2020.


Key components of the MoZiSa project include a 400/330 kV substation at Triangle and a 400/330 kV substation at Orange Grove in Zimbabwe; the 275-km, 400 kV Triangle (Zimbabwe)–Nzhelele (South Africa) interconnector line and a 400 kV line bay at the Nzhelele substation in South Africa; the 185-km, 400 kV Orange Grove (Zimbabwe)–Inchope (Mozambique) interconnector line; and a new 400/220 kV Inchope substation, a 360-km, 400 kV Inchope–Matambo (Mozambique) line and a 115-km, 400 kV Matambo–Songo line in Mozambique.


The transmission interconnection that will link three Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries is being developed by Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), ZESA and Eskom. The link is expected to enhance connectivity among the three members and improve electricity trading in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) as a whole.