The Central Electricity Board (CEB) of Mauritius is soon to release an Expression of Interest (EOI) highlighting the country’s need to integrate renewable energy resources into its energy mix.
Vice prime minister and Minister of energy and public utilities Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo said that the CEB has implemented a strategy to increase generation capacity by 50MW in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Mauritian Government Information Service said on Wednesday.
Collendavelloo added that the CEB had commissioned a study, financed by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, to identify the most optimal method of integrating renewable energy into the existing national electricity grid.
Mauritian national electricity grid
The study concluded with a report in October last year indicating that the existing grid should be upgraded to increase its current 70MW cap to 110MW. In addition, a large battery storage system could be installed to boost the power capacity to 150MW.
According to Collendavelloo:“The CEB will implement the recommendations in a bid to increase the absorption of renewable energy technology”.
Additional plans to increase electricity supply
Collendavelloo mentioned in a statement other initiatives to assist the CEB in attaining the increased power generation cap:
The CEB will install 60MW fuel oil based engines at the 41MW St Louis Power Station and the extension of the agreement with Latin American Consolidated Energy from indigenous sugar manufacturer Deep River Beau Champ will generate 22MW for an additional three years.
CEB and sugar and coal power generator Consolidated Energy signed an 18-year power purchase agreement in 1997 indicating that CEB would buy power from Consolidated Energy.
The contract states “the agreement will be extended for additional terms of five years each, unless either party gives notice in writing in its intention not to extend the Agreement, two years prior to the expiry of the Agreement or of any extension thereof”.