Small thermal plants hold promise for African economies

Author(s): 
ee Publishers interviewed Chris Dalgliesh
Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019
First presented: 
ee Publishers
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Environmental/Social

Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply.

The lack of a secure baseload energy supply in certain areas can be a key inhibitor to local or regional investment and economic development – and many countries, especially those not on a grid, are looking beyond the traditional large-grid model to create broader access to electricity. In some cases, a small thermal plant generating 25 to 100 MW of power can be a more affordable developmental intervention for a local area, especially if it does not incur the often prohibitive costs of transmission infrastructure across long distances.

Acknowledged: ee Publishers

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