SRK Consulting prepares screening tool for the Southern African Power Pool

Author(s): 
Darryll Kilian interviewed by Consultancy South Africa
Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019
First presented: 
www.consultancy.co.za
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Environmental/Social

South African mining consultancy SRK Consulting has compiled an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) that is being utilised to help increase the speed and efficiency in electricity projects across the region of Southern Africa. Specifically, the framework accelerates the screening process prior to commencing a project.

Reports in recent years have indicated that Africa currently suffers from a gap of $100 billion when it comes to investment in infrastructure, and the power sector is amongst those left the most wanting. A number of projects are currently underway to improve connectivity and distribution, although the process is slow.

The current power grids on the continent, particularly in Southern Africa, lack the capacity to support contemporary development, and are in dire need of enhancements. The mapping and screening of these grids in order to ensure their development is sustainable is often a primary cause for delay in their development.

Acknowledged: Consultancy South Africa and www.consultancy.co.za

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