Mauritania has an installed capacity of almost 356 MW and rural electrification of less than 5%.
Africa hosts some large and sparsely populated countries whose installed electricity generation capacity is under 500 MW, the power used by medium sized cities in other parts of the world. One such country is the Saharan territory of Mauritania, with a million square kilometres and 3.3 million people. Like much of Africa, though, it is experiencing economic growth, estimated by its government at 10% a year. The country is forecasting a six-fold increase in electricity demand by 2025.
Electricity demand in Mauritania according to a median forecast scenario is expected to increase to over 1,350 MW by 2025, a large part to be driven by the country’s mining industry, which is a big iron ore producer.