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Project planning: essential for Africa’s energy development

Jabbal talks about an appropriate generation mix for majority of African countries, and the role of hydro, geothermal, wind, solar, biomass, and thermal, to meet the peak power and energy demand in the most cost-effective manner.

He expands on the possible reasons why African countries fail in execution of development plans, how these should be based on realistic load assumptions, and the importance of realistic and achievable targets being set.

Jabbal explains that it is critical that income levels are increased so that more electricity will be consumed: “Large power producing projects cannot be considered if there is no demand for it. Countries need to resolve the fundamental problems first before any real changes can occur.”