Electricity in Swaziland

Electricity in Swaziland
Electricity in Swaziland
Figures for consumption by sector are shown in Table 6. The most important sector, in terms of demand, is the industrial sector - which consumed 338GWh. Consumption by the domestic sector was slightly lower at 315GWh, and the third major consumer was the agricultural sector with 231GWh. The commercial sector is relatively small in Swaziland as reflected by the annual consumption the figure of 71GWh.
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Summary

Swaziland is a small state between South Africa and Mozambique. The country has a low electrification rate of around 27%, one of the lowest in the region, but is a part of the Southern African Power Pool. The main utility is the Swaziland Electricity Company, a government owned utility that controls transmission, distribution, and supply of power. The utility’s installed generating capacity is small compared to the level of demand, and it relies on imports for between 80% and 90% of all the power it sells. There are, in addition, a number or sugar companies that generate power for themselves, using sugar cane waste and imported coal. The county has reserves of high quality coal and hydropower, biomass, solar, and wind potential, but the small size of the country, coupled with its limited financial resources, makes developing any of these energy sources difficult - without external assistance. The country’s best hope for generating capacity expansion is to exploit its coal reserves with the help of partners, in order to export power to South Africa, and other neighbouring countries.

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

Scope

  • An overview of the electricity market in Swaziland.
  • 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

  • Swaziland consumed 4,567bbl/d of refined petroleum products annually, all imported.
  • Electricity in Swaziland is produced primarily from four hydropower plants, Maguga (19.8MW), Ezulwini (20.0MW), Edwaleni (15.0MW), and Maguduza (5,6MW).
  • The main network operates at 132kV, with feeder lines at 66kV. Total line lengths are 333km of 132kV, and 914km at 66kV.
  • According to the company, around 90% of electrified households use smart meters - and industrial users are all subject to time-of-use tariffs.
  • Tariffs in Swaziland are set by SERA, based on a submission from SEC. For the 2013/2014 financial year, the SEC applied for a tariff increase of 36.5%. However it was granted an average tariff increase of 9.3% by SERA.

Key Questions Answered

  • How does Swaziland 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 Swaziland?

Date Published / Pages / Format

February, 2014 / 26 pages / PDF