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    eSwatini chases Eskom power supply deal

    APA-Mbabane (Eswatini)

    As the 25-year power supply deal between eSwatini and South Africa nears expiration, the kingdom has engaged SA power supply Eskom over a possible extension, a senior official said on Monday.

    The initial agreement that has seen SA supplying eSwatini with about 80 percent of electricity is in its 18th year and coming to an end in 2025.

    Managing Director for Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) Meshack Kunene said they were hoping to convince their South African counterparts to sign up to an agreement that would allow for 25 more years of electricity supply, starting from 2025.

    “eSwatini’s average demand for electricity is between 191 and 223 megawatts. In order to meet this demand we have planned to increase our internal generation capacity by developing some renewable projects (Solar PV),” he said.

    He explained that Eskom offered some assistance during the commissioning of such projects so to ensure that the quality of supply was not compromised.

    The first meeting between the two countries was held on Wednesday last week at the Eskom Megawatt Park head office in Sunninghill in Gauteng, South Africa.

    In attendance were SEC Board Chairman Sthofeni Ginindza and his South African counterpart Jabu Mabuza.

    eSwatini is generation only 10 percent of the electricity it requires and imports the other 10 percent from Mozambique.


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