Africa faces power cri­sis de­spite re­forms

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

CAPE TOWN: Sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa is draw­ing in more pri­vate power in­vestors, along­side state owned util­i­ties, but the re­gion still pro­duces as much elec­tric­ity as one Euro­pean coun­try, an ex­pert said Tues­day. "There's a power cri­sis that ex­ists and that cri­sis is char­ac­terised by in­suf­fi­cient gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity," An­ton Eber­hard of the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town (UCT) told AFP on the side­lines of a power con­fer­ence. "We have 68 gi­gawatts-that's across the whole of sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa-and that's the same as one coun­try: Spain. "A lot of the ca­pac­ity that is there is badly main­tained so up to a quar­ter is not avail­able. It's also high cost and there is very low ac­cess." The power sec­tor on the con­ti­nent, where two out of three peo­ple live with­out elec­tric­ity, is "a hy­brid" of state and pri­vate com­pa­nies. "In­creas­ingly we see the in­tro­duc­tion of pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in the form of IPPs," Eber­hard told del­e­gates at Africa Power Colloquium. -Afp

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