Xinhua:Energy interconnection essential to Africa's sustainable development: report

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Africa needs to speed up the development of large hydro, wind and solar power bases and strengthen cross-border grid interconnection so as to forge "an expressway of electricity," according to an industry report.

The report, released in Beijing by the China-proposed Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), offers solutions for Africa's development and the outward transmission of clean energy.

The report has put forward a new model of co-development of electricity, mining, metallurgy, manufacturing and trade, seeking to integrate Africa's advantages of clean energy and mineral resources to forge an industrial chain.

Energy interconnection can fulfill the electricity needs in Africa by helping with energy utilization and cost reduction, said Oleg Budargin, vice chairman of GEIDCO, at the 2019 Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) & China-Africa Energy and Power Conference held in Beijing on Nov. 6-7.

The conference, hosted by GEIDCO, attracted more than 1,000 guests from 79 countries to discuss cooperation on sustainable development in the energy industry.

Founded in March 2016, GEIDCO currently has 756 members from 106 countries across five continents, with 42 cooperation agreements signed.