GESTO DEVELOPS UPPER OKAVANGO ENERGY FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

GESTO DEVELOPS UPPER OKAVANGO ENERGY FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

Luanda, 5 October 2020,

 

Gesto was selected by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to develop the Upper Okavango Energy Feasibility Assessment.

 The objectives of the study are: to assess the feasibility (e.g., technical, economic, and political) and gauge interest from key stakeholders (investors, project developers, and communities) and decision-makers in Angola’s national and provincial governments in achieving Cuando-Cubango Province’s energy goals with lower-impact land-based renewable energy sources; to develop, with the constructive engagement of Angola’s national and provincial governments, the Vision Cuando-Cubango – Energy 2040, targeting the electrification plan of the Province and the recommendations on the best alternative renewable energy sources and siting to achieve lower-impact renewable energy security in Cuando-Cubango Province while ensuring the sustained provision of ecosystem goods and services by the Okavango River Basin; and provide guidance on the sources of investments for lower-impact renewable energy development.

The project started last month and is currently in the Inception Phase. In this phase it is important to ensure the participation of relevant stakeholders such as MINEA, MCTA, ENDE, GABHIC and others, who will play an important role in the project, especially in terms of supporting the information and data Collection effort to be carried out, as well as ensuring the availability of relevant informed people for the interviews envisioned to be carried out throughout the project. Despite the restrictions and limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expect that the project is concluded until May 2021.

Founded in 1951, TNC is a global conservation organization that has over one million members and is the largest environmental nonprofit by assets and revenue in the Americas. TNC Africa Program follows a holistic approach to protect vial lands and waters, transform the way natural resources are used and managed, and inspire others to contribute to the shared vision of a healthy and suitable future for Africa’s lands, waters, wildlife, and people. After consultation with Angola Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA), primarily through GABHIC and other directorates responsible for energy, TNC has engaged the expert support of the international team of Gesto Energy Consulting for the development of the Study Cuando-Cubango: Energy 2040 – A Vision for the Electrification of the Province in Harmony with the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Ecosystem. Gesto and VIG World have worked together in the development of the Angola: Energy 2025 study, which was a cornerstone document that supported energy development in Angola, and this will be used and updated for the Cuando-Cubango Province.

The Cubango-Okavango River Basin (CORB) is one of the greatest intact ecosystems remaining on our planet. The headwaters start on the highland plateau of Angola and descend through sub-humid and semiarid rangelands before concentrating the flow along the border of Angola and Namibia and spilling into the Okavango Delta, one of the most extensive inland wetlands in the world. It is a globally significant ecosystem that supports Africa’s largest elephant population and the livelihoods of 600,000 people.