Electricity production in Mauritius comes both from the state utility CEB and from IPPs, as shown in Figure 4 - which breaks down production for 2011 and 2012. On the island of Mauritius the CEB generated 1,112GWh from its own plants. Of this, 1,038GWh was from thermal plants and 74GWh from hydro plants. The CEB also supplies power to the island of Rodrigues, and in 2012 it generated 34GWh, of which 4GWh was from wind plants, and 30GWh from thermal installations.
Mauritius is a stable island democracy with an economy that has shown strong growth over the past five years, in spite of the global crisis. Its electricity sector is dominated by the Central Electricity Board, a government owned company that controls the transmission, distribution and supply of power, and generates around 40% of all the electricity that is sold across the grid system. The remainder is generated by independent power producers (IPPs), some burning a mixture of agricultural waste from sugar plantations and coal to provide year-round operation. Capacity margins in Mauritius are high, but demand is rising at a rate of over 3% annually - and new capacity will be required during the decade. Currently most generation is based on coal or diesel, all of which must be imported. The country has hydro resources but all the best sites are in use. However there are solar and wind resources, both of which could provide a significant amount of power, there is potential for geothermal generation, more biomass could be exploited and there is also the possibility of using marine resources. The Central Electricity Board is beginning to introduce smart grid technologies, and plans to develop distributed generation as a substitute for central power plants in the future.
This report is a Country Profile, covering:
- Power generation capacity by fuel input
- Electricity networks
- Current power market trends
- Generation growth
- Investment opportunities
- Future project plans
- An overview of the electricity market in Mauritius.
- Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.
- Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.
- An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.
- Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.
- Transmission system expansion plans.
Key Findings of the Report
- The consumption of refined petroleum products is 24,710 bbl/d.
- Biomass is a major energy source with sugar cane bagasse, contributing around 22% to primary energy supply.
- Electricity production in Mauritius comes both from the state utility CEB and from IPPs.
- The Mauritius transmission system is based on a network of 66kV lines, which form a ring around the island linking the main demand centres, with some cross links.
- Average electricity costs are relatively high, reflecting the fact most power generation is based on imported fossil fuel.
Key Questions Answered
- How does Mauritius generate its electricity?
- What is the status of the national electricity market?
- What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
- Who are the key players in market?
- What are the future prospects for investment in Mauritius?
Date Published / Pages / Format
January, 2014 / 29 pages / PDF