SADC countries under the banner of Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) are working on a framework to overcome regional electricity deficit by 2022 with Zimbabwe expected to play a major role due to its geographical location.

Persistent load shedding schedules being experienced in the region could be a thing of the past come 2022 if the ambitious projects being undertaken by SAPP are to come into fruition.

Officiating at the SAPP symposium underway in Bulawayo, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the regional grouping is targeting an additional 30 000 megawatts of new generational capacity up from the current 47 000 by 2022.

Dr Undenge however decried lack of progress in the implementation of the transmission projects by SAPP as more energy seems to be directed towards power generation projects thereby affecting the trading of power among member states.

SAPP Management Committee Chairperson, Mr Ernest Mkhonta said the regional grouping has made strides in improving the availability and trade of power within the regional bloc, making it the envy of the whole continent.

The 4-day regional symposium is running under the theme: ‘Meeting Demand Through Sustainable Projects Implementation and Efficient Regional Electricity Trading.’