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Mauritius to have 60 MW of Renewable Energy by 2015

Mauritius to have 60 MW of Renewable Energy by 2015

The Central Electricity Board (CEB), Mauritius, will have at its disposal some 60 MW of renewable energy in its network by 2015, following the signing this year of two Energy Supply Purchase Agreements (ESPA) in line with the Maurice Ile Durable vision.

The Chairperson of the CEB, Mr Balraj Narroo, with the Director General, Mr Shyam Thannoo, and other officials made this announcement recently at a press conference in Ebène. Two agreements have been signed with Saraco for the installation of a photovoltaic park of 15 MW and with Aerowatt for a 9 MW wind farm at Plaine des Roches respectively.

He recalled that last year, the CEB signed a contract with Suzlon Padgreen for a wind farm of 29,4 MW at Plaine Sophie. In a few weeks time, the CEB will sign the ESPA for a photovoltaic project of 5×2 MW, he said.

For his part, the Director General highlighted that although the CEB has signed contracts for 60 MW of renewable energy, it is important to have a back-up of fossil fuel to ensure a reliable supply of electricity in the eventuality when there is not much sunshine or wind power. While referring to the Small Scale Distributed Generation project, he pointed out that 2 MW will be connected to the grid by the end of this year.

Commenting the financial situation, Mr Thannoo said that the CEB has made a surplus during the first six months and this trend will continue till the end of 2013.  As regards the transmission loss on the CEB network which stands at 7.2%, he said it is acceptable at the health level and is in compliance with international norms.

Other projects include the commissioning of a new engine in Rodrigues and a pre-feasibility study for Liquid Natural Gas.

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Source: Government of Mauritius

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