In July, the technical committee of the economic development sector at Sudan’s Council of Ministers approved a document compiled by the Ministry of Water and Electricity, which details how to increase the country’s hydroelectric generation capacity by 500MW.
The document titled: “Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity for Enhancing Electricity Power Service plan”, explains how to boost the current hydroelectric capacity from 1,500MW to 2,000MW by 2020, HydroWorld reported.
In addition to hydroelectric power, the document proposes to upgrade thermal power generation from 900MW to 3,555MW, adding a total of 3,155 MW of capacity in five years.
Hydroelectric power projects
In line with its goal, Sudan has plans to complete the 320MW Upper Atbara and Setit hydroelectric power project by March 2016.
The project includes Rumela Dam on Upper Atbarah River and Burdana Dam on Setit River, in eastern Sudan.
The $1.9 billion (ZAR25 billion) twin-dam hydroelectric power project is being developed 12 miles from the Atbarah and Setit rivers’ junction and around 50 miles south of the 10MW Khashm el-Girba hydroelectric project, HydroWorld reported.
Not enough power
According to HydroWorld, the Sudanese Ministry of Electricity announced that it routinely faces a 5% deficit in power supply during peak hours.
Sudan’s largest 1,250MW Merowe hydroelectric power project, cannot fully meet the power needs of Khartoum alone, which means that new build generation projects are needed.
In May, a large fire broke out at Metro Dam, roughly 380 kilometers north of Khartoum. The fire caused damage to transformers and cut power supply to a large part of the country.
According to HydroWorld, many areas of Sudan recently witnessed systematic electricity power cuts, causing protests in the capital city of Khartoum as well as a number of other Sudanese cities.
The new electrification plans include connecting the national electricity grid to towns in provinces, which include Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.