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Press Release

Commission Received for Survey to Confirm and Collect Information on the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)

August 27, 2015
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.

Chubu Electric Power has today been commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a survey intended to confirm and collect information on the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

This project aims to consider a highly beneficial electric power infrastructure development plan that harnesses the technologies of Japanese companies by collecting, analyzing, and organizing information on power development plans, which southern African countries and relevant organizations are establishing or performing, and will last about 12 months from August 2015 to July 2016.

Southern Africa has a wide-range of issues that remain unsolved. For instance, some of its countries are not fully leveraging the abundance of energy resources that it possesses, while in contrast, the region's largest electric power-demanding country, the Republic of South Africa, is subject to planned power outages that result from electric power shortage.

Countries in the region and its relevant organizations are working to develop infrastructure by establishing an electric power development and investment plan, but this undertaking has not seen progress given the lack of financing and other particulars.

Chubu Electric Power will engage in the commissioned project by drawing on the knowledge, experience, and technology in the electric business that we fostered thus far.

With overseas consulting projects, Chubu Electric Power will continue to contribute toward the development and expansion of electricity businesses in foreign countries, with an emphasis on Asian, African and other developing countries.

Outline of survey to confirm and collect information on the SAPP

Project area 

The nine member countries of the SAPP (*1)
(Republic of South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Angola, Republic of Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Botswana)

Project period 

August 2015 - July 2016 (approx. 12 months)

 Project overview

  • Collecting and analyzing information of southern African regions and countries regarding their development status of interconnectors and power development plans, as well as electric power demand estimates
  • Organizing issues to render the power pool scheme(*2) a reality
  • By harnessing the technologies of Japanese companies, concretely considering items that would provide high benefits

*1 SAPP:This is an organization composed of representatives from southern Africa's electric power companies. It was established to supply electric power in a highly reliable and economical manner for member countries.

*2 Power pool scheme:This is a scheme to link electric power systems between member countries that allows for flexibility in the exchange of electric power with the objective of raising the reliability of electric power supply and revitalizing the electricity market.

A picture of the nine member countries of the SAPP (*1)




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