Could the African ‘Clean Energy Corridor’ Spark Cooperation Across Borders?

There’s one more reason for African nations to be united – the Africa Clean Energy Corridor – and reports project that this will spark greater cross-border cooperation in developing renewable energy projects. According to one report by the AFKInsider, energy ministers from 19 countries are pushing ahead with the facilitation of this corridor.

Source: Ynnicymru.org.uk

Source: Ynnicymru.org.uk

Here’s how AFKInsider reports it:

“The Africa Clean Energy Corridor will provide the continent with the opportunity to leapfrog into a sustainable energy future,” Adnan Z. Amin, International Renewable Energy Agency’s Director-General said at a January meeting launching the project. “The dynamic development that Africa will see in the next decades needs to extend to the energy sector, and Africa’s abundant renewable energy resources are a perfect match to meet rising demand in a sustainable and cost-effective way – from Cairo to Cape Town.”

Spearheaded by the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Africa Clean Energy Corridor would create a 5,000-mile north-south electricity transmission grid stretching from Egypt through Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe to South Africa.

Of particular importance is the Ethiopia to South Africa line to be completed by 2020. Another priority project is the 2,300-mile Central Africa Transmission Corridor linking the Democratic Republic of the Congo to South Africa through Angola and Namibia, and north to Chad through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Cameroon.

The second stage of development through 2040 involves the interconnection of all these power corridors into one continuous power grid linking clusters of renewable energy projects to the West African Power Pool grid, which links Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

If indeed these countries place the inclusion of renewable energy policies in their development agenda, then we are look forward to see what this corridor could do for inter-African integration. For more on this story, visit the original article on AFKInsider here.

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