Power in Swaziland is supplied and distributed by SEB (Swaziland Electricity Board.
SEB is responsible to the Ministry of Works, Power and Communications.
Installed capacity is mostly hydro powered. There is also a link with ESKOM in South Africa. Swaziland currently imports 90% of its electricity from South Africa
Swaziland has in place coal reserves of 2 020 million metric tonnes.
Construction began in August 1998 on the Maguga dam. This R343.5 million dam, which is the country’s largest public works project, was recently awarded to a Swazi consortium in a joint venture with Group Five of Swaziland, LTA, Grinaker and WBH Swaziland. This dam will bring Swaziland, which currently imports 90% of its electricity from South Africa, closer to self-sufficiency. The dam will take about 31 months to complete.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) in conjunction with government and the Swaziland Electricity Board (SEB) are to finance a 400 kV line project. The 400kv lines are being established by MOTRACO, a joint venture between Electricidade de Mozambique, ESKOM and SEB, which will supply the Mozal Aluminium Smelter in Maputo. The line stretches across Swaziland from Camden in South Africa to a new substation in Maputo, Mozambique.
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