Africa Power Vision

The Africa Power Vision (APV) articulates a long-term plan for increasing access to reliable and affordable energy using Africa diversified energy resources in a coherent and well- balanced approach consistent with Africa 2063 Agenda. It primarily seeks to drive and rapidly accelerate the implementation of critical energy projects in Africa through the implementing arm of the African Union, the NEPAD Agency.

The Africa Power Vision (APV) is based on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), targeting priority energy projects in Africa with the aim of advancing its implementation in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063. It was jointly developed by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

APV aims to achieve an 80 per cent residential electrification rate by 2040 and 90 per cent for industry/business, with sufficient energy to deliver to those connected, while also...

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Energy demand is constantly on the increase, be it electricity/gas for household use or petroleum/diesel products for transport and manufacturing. Power demand is estimated to increase by more than 3 100 terawatt hours by 2040, an average annual growth of nearly 6 per cent. Present power generation capacity only stands at around 124 gigawatts and will have to increase to almost 700 gigawatts by 2040 if demand is to be met. Fortunately Africa has abundant energy resources in oil, gas, coal, and especially hydropower. These resources are, however, unevenly distributed across the continent, often going unexploited.

The Africa Power Vision (APV) articulates a long-term plan for increasing access to reliable and affordable energy using Africa diversified energy resources in a coherent and well- balanced approach consistent with Africa 2063 Agenda. It primarily seeks to drive and rapidly accelerate the implementation of critical energy projects in Africa through the implementing arm of the African Union, the NEPAD Agency. 

The Africa Power Vision (APV) is based on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), targeting priority energy projects in Africa with the aim of advancing its implementation in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063. It was jointly developed by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

APV aims to achieve an 80 per cent residential electrification rate by 2040 and 90 per cent for industry/business, with sufficient energy to deliver to those connected, while also implementing off-grid solutions and making full usage of the vast renewable energy resources in Africa. In addition, it calls for increased regional integration to scale up energy delivery in an efficient manner as well as a focus on effective and cleaner sources of energy in line with global standards. APV emphasises the critical role of technical skills development and institutional capacity development in Africa in ensuring the development, implementation and sustainability of required energy projects

There are five pillars that form the bedrock of the vision:

  1. leveraging domestic resources,

  2. driving GDP growth with electrification,

  3. scale-up of power through regional integration

  4. running our power assets efficiently and

  5. mobilising all available resources

APV will not only advance the implementation of PIDA and targeted priority energy projects in Africa but will also provide a continental vision and framework under which further energy projects can be developed in a coherent and integrated manner that will eventually achieve Africa targeted goals of energy accessibility. 

Results:

APV’s Implementation Plan was endorsed by the African Union Summit’s NEPAD Heads of State and Government Committee in January in Addis Ababa. It proposes a specific methodology for designating 13 high priority energy projects which range from wind, solar, hydro, gas, and geo thermal generation projects, as well as pipelines and transmission interconnectors.

In September 2014, the NEPAD Agency and the U.S. Government’s Power Africa initiative signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which laid out the commitment to collaborate and to
look for opportunities to work together to accelerate the implementation of African-driven priority energy projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
  
In countries where APV priority projects are located and where Power Africa has a presence, both partners have explored opportunities for its transaction advisors to provide technical support to advance projects as appropriate

Countries/Region : Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya | East and Southern Africa regions

Project Location : Kabwe (Zambia) through Mbeya (Tanzania) to Isinya (Kenya) via Iringa, Singida and Arusha (all in Tanzania)

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Transmission

Project Description : Construction of a transmission line that will connect the Zambian grid to Kenya, via Tanzania, covering a distance of 2,200 km. The...

Countries/Region : Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, | East and Southern Africa

Project Location : Regional Interconnector-East and Southern Africa

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Transmission

Project Description : Construction of an 8,000 km, 3,000 - 17,000 MW capacity transmission line system from Egypt through Sudan, South...

Countries/Region : Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Angola, Gabon (for first four segments of the transmission line), Equatorial Guinea, Chad, (if the Project is extended) | West, Central, Southern Africa

Project Location : Transmission line spanning West, Central and Southern Africa

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Transmission

Project Description : Construction of a 3,800 km transmission line system made up of four...

Countries/Region : Nigeria, Niger and Algeria | West and North Africa regions

Project Location : 4,400 km pipeline from Qua Ibom Terminal (Calabar, Nigeria), through Niger to Hassi
R’Mel (Algeria)

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Transmission of Gas

Project Description : Construction of a natural gas pipeline designed to connect with the existing Trans-Mediterranean, Maghreb-Europe, Medgaz, and Galsi...

Countries/Region : Ghana | West Africa

Project Location : Western Ghana

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : Construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power plant, generating in excess of 1,300 MW of electricity to Ghana’s national power grid. It will combine the importation of LNG, a dedicated floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to receive, store...

Countries/Region : Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria | West Africa

Project Location : Near the border between Porto Novo and Cotonou cities, Benin

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation/Transmission

Project Description : Construction of a 450 MW combined cycle power plant: one is set to comprise two gas turbines with a rated output of about 150 MW each, and the other a steam turbine with a rated output of...

Countries/Region : Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria | West Africa

Project Location : Located in the Western Region of Ghana, near the Ghana Gas processing plant facility

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : Construction of a 450 MW combined cycle thermal power plant, which seeks to make use of the Jubilee gas fields. This is a Government of Ghana/Volta River Authority (VRA) (Ghana’s...

Countries/Region : Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and Senegal | West Africa region

Project Location : Located 930 km upstream from the mouth of the Gambia River. The dam will be located in Senegal with part of the reservoir in Guinea.

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : A hydropower plant with a 128 MW capacity, as well as a 185 square kilometer reservoir (4 turbines of...

Countries/Region : DRC| Central and Southern Africa

Project Location : Inga Falls on the Congo River, Bas-Congo Province, DRC

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : Construction of a 4,800 MW hydropower plant and associated high-voltage transmission lines. An intake of part of the water of the Congo River into the neighbouring Bundi Valley will be built as well as a dam across the...

Countries/Region : Zimbabwe, Zambia | Southern Africa region

Project Location : Zambezi River Basin, between Victoria Falls and the Kariba Dam

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : A hydropower plant based in the Zambezi River Basin, with an installed capacity of
1,600 MW, to enable export of electricity. A 181 m gravity dam will be constructed together with the installation...

Countries/Region : Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda | East Africa

Project Location : Kenyan part of the East African Rift (extending from Baringo to Silali up to the border
with Ethiopia)

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : Development of geothermal energy in the Baringo-Silali Block, which comprises the Bogoria, Baringo, Arus, Korosi, Chepchuk, Paka, and Silali prospects. Detailed...

Countries/Region : Algeria, Niger, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Chad | Northern Africa

Project Location : North-Western Sahara

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation and Transmission

Project Description : The Desertec organisations promote the generation of electricity in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe using renewable sources, such as solar power plants and wind parks. In addition, they are...

Project Location : Boulenouar, Mauritania

Sector/Subsector : Energy/Generation

Project Description : Construction of a large-scale wind farm of 100 MW installed capacity located in Boulenouar, 80 km north of Nouadhibou, the second-largest city in the northern part of the coastal region of Mauritania. Set to create a demonstration effect as the first major wind project in the Sahel. It will supply energy to the north-south...

The NEPAD Agency has partnered with Australian Aid in an Infrastructure Skills for Development (IS4D) Initiative, to build human capacity for the effective implementation of regional infrastructure projects.

 

IS4D targets professionals in public sector agencies, from all...

Infrastructure is Africa’s top priority. With low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and the smallest share of global trade, Africa is the least integrated continent in the world. Infrastructure inefficiencies are costing Africa billions of dollars annually and are stunting growth....

Action Plans

Africa Power Vision (APV) is a long-term vision geared towards increasing access to affordable and consistent energy on the African continent. APV was designed to realise an agreement between African leaders as to which energy projects to prioritise in order to fast-track implementation on the...

Brochures

The APV featured project brief provides a summary of the Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya Transmission Line Project which was presented as a side-event at the World Economic Forum Africa, held 3 June 2015. The brief contains a short description of this transmission project, its objectives, the current...

05 May 2016
Following a meeting between the NEPAD Agency CEO Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki and President Mahama of Ghana on the margins of the AU Summit in January this year, the Regional Integration, Infrastructure...
Africa needs a new energy mix
11 March 2016
It is a known fact the electricity access rate in Africa is desperately low. An African uses on average 1,000 kilowatts-hour per year, when a European or an American uses between 7,000 and 14,000!
Can Regional Integration Help Africa Realize Its Economic Potential?
28 January 2016
The success of economic development in Africa may hinge on a question of scale—thinking at the regional, rather than the national or continental, level. Ibrahim Mayaki talked with Yale Insights about...
NEPAD mobilizes funds forregional infrastructure – Ibrahim Mayaki
26 January 2016
Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu caught up with NEPAD's CEO at the UN headquarters in New York, where he was attending high-level meetings, to talk about the state of the proposed regional...
Last week, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency launched the Africa Power Vision (APV) for the African continent at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and at...
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