SA and Namibia in need of energy boost

Engineering News – ONLINE

18 March 2014

The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity.

Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr Wolsey Barnard, told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town that modern policies and commitment from governments were needed to ‘lighten’ the continent.

Barnard said hydropower had become extremely significant, with a potential of 40 000 MW available. Offshore hydrocarbons were expanding rapidly while coal reserves in Southern Africa had also stepped up.  Read more…

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