Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have signed a three-year power supply agreement to increase Eskom’s electricity exports to South Africa’s neighbouring states. This is the second power sales agreement that the power utility has signed, having recently concluded a five-year power sales agreement with NamPower, the Namibian national power utility. Eskom and BPC have a long-standing energy trading relationship. The transmission corridor between the two countries provides one of the key routes for energy trading for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). This corridor provides a facility for various utilities to exchange power, depending on their requirements. Eskom is currently investigating a number of strategic transmission projects to further strengthen the interconnection with SAPP members. These new interconnections are intended to support regional integration, provide reliable transportation of power to grow the regional economy, as well as mitigate drought risk by improving the connection between the thermal and hydro systems in the region. Eskom currently has excess capacity of about 4000 MW, excluding an operating margin.
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