Opportunity Driver: Southern African Energy Crisis
Southern Africa is in the midst of an on-going energy crisis with demand for electricity exceeding supply. The supply/demand imbalance is expected to remain at least through the medium term, with an additional 1,500-2,000 MW p.a. of base load equivalent capacity estimated to be required to meet demand growth in South Africa alone.
Regional and national power generation expansion plans include additional coal-fired generation, renewable technologies and nuclear programs, but each of these faces significant technological, environmental and funding challenges. The continued need for base-load and shoulder generation makes gas-fired generation an attractive option.
Path to Commercialisation
- To replace expensive diesel fired electricity generation with CBM
- Diesel power prices ~$30/GJ
- >10 PJ/a Botswana existing gas demand
- Virtually unlimited regional demand
- Botswana power demand outstripping supply
- Potential to replace dependence on excessive diesel fueled generation
- Potential for additional gas fired generation plants to address regional shortage
- South African energy market under pressure to meet growing demand