Mauritius power play: CT Power and CEB enter agreement
The price the Central Electricity Board must pay CT Power for electricity is estimated to vary between Rs 4.5 and Rs 5 per kWh (Image: business.mega.mu).
Mauritius has reached a step closer to electricity generation under the CT Power project, planned to be operational by 2016, amid much controversy over whether the coal-based electricity generation project is consistent with the Maurice Ile Durable (MID), or Sustainable Mauritius, plan.
A power purchase agreement was signed between the company and the Central Electricity Board (CEB) on Friday at the board meeting of the CEB.
The price at which CEB will purchase electricity from CT Power will vary between Rs 4.5 and Rs 5 per kWh, said CEB Chairman, BalrajNarroo at a press briefing held recently.
Another investment of approximately Rs 500 million has been made for a project currently under construction at Pointe-aux-Caves. This project aims to facilitate the transportation of coal by sea.
Given the controversy surrounding the project in the backdrop of the government’s commitment to renewable energy under MID, the issue was also taken up at the press conference.
Shiam Tannoo, general manager CEB, insisted that the CEB attaches great importance to renewable energy.
He noted that the agreement with CT Power is a “back-up” to ensure that consumer demand does not go unsatisfied at any cost.
Adding that renewable energy cannot be fully relied on, he justified the need for a contingency plan in the form of coal-based power generation to meet power requirements of the common man.
However, the path to CT Power becoming fully operational by 2016 is not all clear just yet.
As many as 31 conditions stand imposed on CT Power by the Environment Appeal Tribunal. While the company has stated that it expects to fulfil these conditions, it cannot be denied that the process will be complex and time-consuming.
It may be noted that, as on date, the CEB is a shareholder in CT Power with 26 per cent stake.