South Africa High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Transmission Type (Submarine HVDC Transmission System, HVDC Overhead Transmission System, and HVDC Underground Transmission System), and Component (Converter Stations, and Transmission Medium (Cables))

Market Snapshot

Market Summary-South Africa High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Systems Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >8.89 %

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Market Overview

The market for high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems in South Africa is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8.89% during the forecast period of 2020 – 2025. A reliable electric supply of good quality is essential for the economic development of South Africa. Factors such as increased penetration of renewable energy, rural electrification, and increased deployment of the smart grid network are expected to drive the market over the forecast period. However, the growing demand for distributed and remote power plants that provide electricity in rural areas without the need for large transmission & distribution infrastructure is expected to hinder the growth of the HVDC transmission systems market in the coming years.

  • Transmission medium (cables) is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, as HVDC cables offer many technical advantages such as lower losses, improved system stability, and enhanced reliability.
  • The growing energy demand, as well as the growth of the renewable energy sector in the African region, is expected to create significant opportunities for HVDC transmission systems market in the near future

Scope of the report

The South Africa high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems market report include:

Transmission Type
Submarine HVDC Transmission System
HVDC Overhead Transmission System
HVDC Underground Transmission System
Converter Stations
Transmission Medium (Cables)

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Key Market Trends

Transmission Medium (Cables) to Witness Significant Demand

  • HVDC cables play an important role in a growing number of HVDC links. While the fixed costs of terminals at both ends of HVDC links are more expensive than AC, the cost per unit length of the line itself is lower. With all the other things being equal, the longer the distance of the link, the lower the relative cost of the link per unit of energy.
  • Over a break-even distance (approximately 600-800 km for current technologies), HVDC becomes the lowest cost option. Also, there are no technical limits to the potential length of an HVDC cable. In a long AC cable transmission, the reactive power flow, due to the large cable capacitance, will limit the maximum possible transmission distance. With HVDC there is no such limitation.
  • The power utilities in the South African Development Community (SADC) countries are expected to maximize their reserve margins and trade any surpluses of power using transmission systems connecting the large new power sources with the large load systems, in compliance with the South African Power Pool (SAPP). Due to the large distances between Northern SADC and Cape Town in South Africa, DC strengthening is considered as one of the transmissions strengthening options.
  • HVDC cable systems are the most viable solution for the transfer of power between asynchronous networks that cross large water bodies, require longer transmission lines, and usually come in a hybrid configuration. These systems provide controllable bulk power transmission capacity without an increase in short circuit current levels.As of 2018, the electricity generated in 2018 was 256 TWh, a slight increase when compared to 2017.
  • Some of the major HVDC lines in this country are Inga - Kolwesi in DRC (580MW, 1700 km, in operation since 1982), Cahora Bassa, connecting Mozambique and South Africa (1920 MW, 1420 km, in operation since 1979), and Caprivi Link, connecting Namibia and Zambia (300 MW, 950 km, in operation since 2010).
  • All these projects are ready for an extension, and various new HVDC lines are under consideration in the region. The projects include HVDC transmission lines from DRC hydropower Grand Inga to South Africa, Zambia to Namibia, and CESUL Hydro, Mozambique Project.
  • • Therefore, the development of HVDC transmission projects is expected to drive the market for HVDC cables in South Africa during the forecast period.
South Africa HVDC Transmission Systems Market- Electricity Generation

Rural Electrification to Drive HVDC Transmission System

  • For HVDC transmission lines, the transmission losses are in inverse relation with the voltage ratings of electricity, i.e. higher the voltage rating of electricity transmitted, lower will be the transmission losses. Also, the HVDC transmission lines can transmit higher voltage current than HVAC lines.
  • In places with limited availability of land, HVDC transmission lines are preferred over HVAC, as they have higher power transmission capacity, and hence, can transmit more electricity per unit land usage.
  • The number of people without access to electricity, which peaked at 610 million in 2013, declined slowly to around 595 million in 2018. Much of this dynamism has been in East Africa, as Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania accounted for more than 50% of those gaining access.
  • According to the African Development Bank, more than 645 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, roughly 70% of the region’s population, do not have access to electricity. Moreover, the number of people without access to electricity in the African region is expected to increase from 588 million in 2016 to about 602 million in 2030.
  • The high population density in Africa limits the availability of land. It is observed that higher percentage of the population lacks access to electricity in this region. Hence, most of the population is rural in nature. To connect the rural areas to the national grids, many long-distance transmission line infrastructure projects are being built in these regions.
  • Therefore, HVDC transmission lines are well suited for these projects, due to their requirement of lesser land usage, low transmission losses for long distance transmission, and capacity to transmit higher voltage electricity, which, in turn, is expected to drive the high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems market in South Africa.
South Africa HVDC Transmission Systems Market- Proportion of Population with Access to Electricity

Competitive Landscape

The market for high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems in South Africa is consolidated. Some of the key players in this market include ABB Ltd., Siemens AG, Toshiba Corporation, General Electric Company, and Prysmian SpA.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast, in USD billion, till 2025

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis



    1. 5.1 Transmission Type

      1. 5.1.1 Submarine HVDC Transmission System

      2. 5.1.2 HVDC Overhead Transmission System

      3. 5.1.3 HVDC Underground Transmission System

    2. 5.2 Component

      1. 5.2.1 Converter Stations

      2. 5.2.2 Transmission Medium (Cables)


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 ABB Ltd.

      2. 6.3.2 General Electric Company

      3. 6.3.3 Siemens AG

      4. 6.3.4 Schneider Electric SE

      5. 6.3.5 LS Industrial Systems Co Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Cisco Systems, Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Prysmian SpA

      8. 6.3.8 Toshiba Corporation

      9. 6.3.9 Doble Engineering Co

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Africa High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Systems Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The South Africa High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >8.89% over the next 5 years.

ABB Ltd. , Siemens AG, General Electric Company , Toshiba Corporation , Prysmian SpA are the major companies operating in South Africa High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Systems Market.

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