Multipurpose investment in water management and hydropower was essential for sustainable growth in Africa, World Bank Africa region water and hydropower adviser Vahid Alavian said on Wednesday.
This was important for creating stability in terms of water security, he noted during the second day of the Hydropower Africa conference in Johannesburg.
By combining hydropower and water use for irrigated agriculture, great benefits could be achieved, he added.
Alavian emphasised that water resources in Africa had to be shared, but in order to do so, infrastructure had to be created in a responsible manner. Water management was crucial.
Hydropower contributed to a minimum platform of infrastructure being required for water and energy security, while also enabling the management of hydrological variability and catastrophic events, such as floods and droughts.
Further, Alavian also noted that, in the Zambezi basin, energy output could be improved by 10% if a number of hydropower projects were grouped together, as opposed to having standalone projects.
By combining these projects with other hydropower projects in the Southern African Power Pool region, energy output could improve by 23%.
Source: Engineering News
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