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EEC DONATES E700,000 FARM EQUIPMENT TO LAVUMISA NCPs

new Board tours landmark projects

new Board tours landmark projects

 

The Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) lived by its values of being a socially responsible citizen when it donated E700,000 worth of farm equipment to benefit vulnerable children in the Lavumisa chiefdom’s Neighborhood Care Points (NCPs).

The equipment, which comprise of a tractor, plough, planter and trailer were presented to Lavumisa Chief Gasa WaNgwane by the newly appointed EEC Board Chairman Dr. Phil Mnisi on Tuesday.

Dr. Mnisi, who was accompanied by other EEC Board Members, inclusive of Her Royal Highness Princess Sibahle, expressed appreciation to Chief Gasa WaNgwane for allocating the power utility land for the construction of the power station.

“When we came to Lavumisa requesting for land for this project, we received a warm welcome from the Chief and the entire community. It is worth noting that EEC cannot achieve its mandate without support from the communities from which it conducts its business, which is why we are grateful for this kind gesture,” Mnisi said.

EEC has constructed a 10MW Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Plant in Lavumisa at Qomintaba, which is positioned to respond to Eswatini’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative that aims at increasing renewable energy generation in the national energy mix to 50% by the year 2030. The project’s objective is to increase sovereignty security of supply to reduce reliance on electricity imports to meet the country’s energy needs.

The EEC Chairman expressed his appreciation to the Lavumisa community for supporting EEC during the inception of the project.

The EEC Chairman expressed his appreciation to the Lavumisa community for supporting EEC during the inception of the project Chief Gasa WaNgwane appreciated the presence of Princess Sibahle and congratulated her appointment into the EEC Board, together with the rest of the new board members.

 

“We have received tremendous support, not only from the authorities of the area, but even from the communities that are affected by this project. In some instance it was difficult, but we worked together for a better solution,” Mnisi said while receiving ululations from NCP representatives who were present for the donation.

Chief Gasa WaNgwane appreciated the presence of Princess Sibahle and congratulated her appointment into the EEC Board, together with the rest of the new board members. He stated that EEC’s donation was better positioned to support the vulnerable children considering that it included all the required items for subsistence farming.

Chief Gasa WaNgwane appreciated the presence of Princess Sibahle and congratulated her appointment into the EEC Board, together with the rest of the new board members.

 

“Our area is affected by drought, but of late we see developments that have brought water projects, and now we are seeing electricity projects. We have no doubt that the lives of our community members, especially the children from our NCPs, will now have food to eat,” he said.

Member of Parliament Honourable Bomber Mamba also extended his appreciation to EEC, indicating that the farm equipment will benefit NCPs from Somntongo, Sigwe and Matsanjeni who are under the Lavumisa constituency. He pledged commitment that the equipment will be well-taken care off and used for its intended purpose.  

The EEC Chairman expressed his appreciation to the Lavumisa community for supporting EEC during the inception of the project Chief Gasa WaNgwane appreciated the presence of Princess Sibahle and congratulated her appointment into the EEC Board, together with the rest of the new board members.

 

ABOUT THE LAVUMISA 10MW SOLAR PLANT:

  • EEC has spent over E250m to develop this landmark project, the first to be owned and operated by the Eswatini Electricity Company, and the first utility scale Solar PV Plant in the country.
  • This project is part of the company’s strategy to increase internal generation mix, thus improving sustainability. The integration of this plant to the grid will be done at Maloma Substation, thus it includes improvements of the configuration at Maloma Substation.
  • The project is currently at a performance test phase.
  • The Life expectancy of this project will be 30 years

 

Technological innovation

  • The project features the latest technology in the region. It is one of the first to feature a solar tracker system that tracks the sun’s movement across the sky and tries to maintain the solar panel perpendicular to the sun’s rays, ensuring that the maximum amount of sunlight is incident on the panel throughout the day. The solar tracking system starts following the sun right from sunrise, throughout the day till evening, and starts all over again from sunrise the next day.
  • It will also pilot a 1MW battery storage.

 

Land acquisition & compensation

  • Transparent processes were followed to compensate for land parcels belonging to the different families that were affected by the project.
  • Since the commencement of this project, over 170 Emaswati have been employed. More employment opportunities still exist in the cleaning and maintenance of the solar panels once the project is up and running.  

 

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE NCANDWENI SUB-STATION:

  • EEC continues to improve the performance of its systems and is developing transmission network reinforcement projects required to support economic activities in the South East region of the country.
  • EEC saw the need to undertake a grid reinforcement initiative to address capacity and related voltage challenges on the South Eastern 66kV transmission network in and around the Maloma, Nsoko, Big Bend, Riverbank and St. Phillips customer supply areas. Network studies indicate that the 66kV network around these areas suffers massive under-voltage, particularly in the summer months, when irrigation of sugarcane fields is at its peak and the Ubombo Sugar Limited (USL) generation is out of service for any reason.
  • The EEC South East grid is very important in ensuring the success of agricultural projects in the South Eastern parts of Eswatini; namely the Lower Usutu Small-Holder Irrigation scheme (LUSIP II).
  • This project further reinforces the communication systems through the introduction of an optical fibre link between Big Bend and Ncandweni Substation. This will also improve the performance of communication and information technology systems, and enhance the company’s position in the telecommunications infrastructure industry.