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February 14, 2013

Electricity: No Increase in Rates for Two Years

A possible increase in electricity prices is not a priority for the Central Electricity Board (CEB). This was told Morning Tuesday, the president of the board of directors of CEB, Balraj Naroo.

He was responding to rumors that peddle some saying that higher prices would be in the air. He revealed that the CEB is ready with a 10-year plan focuses on measures to avoid prolonged power outage. This plan will be released very soon. It also aims to meet the energy needs of the population and sectors expected to grow in the coming years.

Among the sectors that are expected to grow to meet the energy needs of the population, LRT, tourism, information technology and outsourcing. The direction of the CEB considers that the country will not face a possible cut electricity as generalized in two years. A rate increase is not a priority during this period.

The CEB has, in effect, three options to deal with any eventuality until 2015 and beyond.

The first is to wait until the coal plant is operational CT Power to the CEB grid is equipped with 100 megawatts of electricity from 2015.

The second option is to replace six generators of the power station in St. Louis who have already done their time. They will be replaced by generating much more powerful and efficient. A feasibility study will be needed before bidding are launched for the purchase of six new generators.

The third is the purchase of a gas turbine. CEB believes that this is the last option that remains in force majeure.

The Board of CEB endorsed for the contracts with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are made public. The Board sees no disadvantage.

Two new members soon

The meeting of the National Energy Commission, which was then held Tuesday at Paille en Queue Court in Port-Louis was returned. Its purpose was to learn about the details of the contracts signed between the CEB and IPPs. Yesterday's meeting was also intended to accept applications from Jayen Chellum, chief spokesman for the Consumers' Association of Mauritius and Imrith Rashid, president of the Federation of Trade Unions in the public sector. The possibility that the meeting be held on Wednesday or Friday at the latest is not ruled out.

 

Text by Le Matinal
 

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