Africa's Swaziland Electricity Company is looking to expand its hydroelectric power capacity by as much as 200 MW, per a memorandum of understanding signed by the company with developer Zoetic Energy this week.
The proposal would be possible using a floating, modular hydrokinetic system developed by Zoetic that could be installed downstream from Swaziland's existing dams and hydropower infrastructure.
Terms of the agreement dictate that U.S.-based Zoetic will send a team to Swaziland to perform prefeasibility studies in the coming months for a project that would, if completed, cost an estimated US$600 million.
Swaziland's interest in the project comes as less than 20% of power consumed within the country is generated within its borders, requiring costly power purchase agreements to import electricity from neighbors South Africa and Mozambique.
HydroWorld.com reported in January that Zoetic had signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana for a 100 MW project located at the country's Aksombo Dam.
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