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February 15, 2013

Integrated Electricity Plan 2013-2022: CT Power, a Short-Term Priority of the CEB

The "Target Implementation" for the coal fired power station in Pointe-aux-Caves set by the CEB in 2015/2016

The imminent publication of the Integrated Electricity Plan for the period covering 2013 to 2022 by the Central Electricity Board will revive the debate around the proposed thermal power coal CT Power in Pointe-aux-Caves, Albion. Putting into operation of this 100 MW over the next few years is considered in this new plan CEB as a prerequisite to meet the growing demand for electricity in the future. This plan, which is divided into 178 pages establishes the program of investment in the electricity sector, or Rs 18 billion for the next ten years and stresses the importance of more rational and optimal energy sources new and renewable as Maurice Ile Durable project (MID).

In the right circles CEB, it shows that the development of the Integrated Electricity Plan 2013-2022 is necessary because the previous three-year plan came to term last year. They add that the guiding principles of this plan will revolve around the fact that the CEB will continue to operate as "competitive benefits for the organization of the country" and that electricity will be available "at the Lowest cost as possible." In addition, the organization will continue its mission to maintain the balance between supply and demand.

For the next decade, the integrated plan CEB relies on a conservative growth scenario because of economic conditions on the international front, an increase of 78 GWh per year in electricity demand instead of 80 GWh recorded during the previous decade, to 3,196 GWh in 2022. By cons, with a High Case Scenario, annual growth in energy demand will double to 160 GWh.

At the end of this period of ten years, the CEB expects the peak electricity demand will be of 574 MW in the Base Case Scenario and 702 MW with an accelerated growth (see the full picture of developments below). Therefore, we can expect an annual increase of 14.4 MW for the period from 2013 to 2022 in the Base Case Scenario.

Integrated Energy Plan The CEB also includes a short-term plan into five parts, known conne the Generation Plant Addition: the implementation of priority project CT Power, presented in the plan as the "next major plant addition" with a capacity of 100 MW in 2015/16 at the latest entry into operation of the hydroelectric Midlands with a capacity of 350 kilowatts later this year, the network setting from 2014 of the electrical energy generated by the Curepipe Point (Plain Sophia) Wind Farm an "installed capacity" of 29 , 4 MW starting a project of 10 MW photovoltaic park by the CEB in 2014, and d (a 15 Medium Voltage PV Farm of 15 MW, which is still under consideration by CEB.

With the completion CT Power Project in Albion 2016, the CEB is also focusing on the coming into operation of two 50 MW each between 2017 and 2021 to meet demand during this period. "With the coming into operation of new power plants, the old, and less efficient, Pielstick engines at St Louis Power Station will be retired Progressively, "do you understand the CEB in the economy.

medium and long term, the CEB does not preclude the opportunity to engage in the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a substitute for fossil energy sources with a site already identified in the region of Bain des Dames. consultants may be hired to investigate this option.

The Integrated Energy Plan reported for the CEB to request technical assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency for preliminary research on the introduction of Nuclear Technology in Mauritius. The plan notes that "as implausible as it may APPEAR, nuclear technology is a generation option to substitute gossil-fuels-based generation in Mauritius. "

Base Case Scenario With an increasing growth of 3.43% per year, the CEB plans investment of Rs 18 billion over the next ten years in the production of electrical energy. envelope of Rs 5 billion will be earmarked for projects in the field of new energy and renewable energy. Moreover, 70% of planned investment will be generated in the private sector with 30% on behalf of CEB.

In terms of electricity prices, the Integrated Electricity Plan proposes a realignment of tariff structures to a "cost-reflective tariff model" in the short term while being "revenue-neutral" in the first place.  

 

Text by Le Mauricien
 

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