Senegal targets 70% power capacity increase in 3 years
Senegal aims to increase its power generation capacity by over 70% in three years as it brings more sources of energy on line to diversify away from a costly diesel and oil-dependent system, the prime minister said on Tuesday.
The plan seeks to use a mix of solar, coal, gas and wind energy to bring Senegal’s power production capacity to 1 018 MW, up from around 587 MW today. Senegal’s population is just over 13-million.
Senegal is one of West Africa’s most stable democracies and is used as a base by businesses and international organisations operating across the region. However, its existing power plants are expensive and there are frequent power cuts.
The government plans to complete a 125-MW coal-fired power station at Sendou by 2016 and a second 250-MW plant in Mboro by 2017.