Sahara Power Group confirmed that it will continue its expansion plans through investment and partnerships in order to increase the power sector’s capacity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during the Oil and Gas Council’s Assembly.
“As a foremost energy provider in sub-Saharan Africa, Sahara Power Group is committed to its target of increasing the Group’s generation capacity to 5,000 MW via different energy mix,” said Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director at Sahara.
“Half of Africa’s population lives without access to electricity. The industrial sector is responsible for more than two-thirds of SSA’s total energy use. Average Electricity consumption is about 150kWh per capita. Coal is still the largest fuel source for generation in SSA” he continued in his presentation at the Assembly held in Paris on July 1.
Sahara Power has five power plants across the sub-Saharan African region totaling 2,040 MW with the potential to expand power generation in the West Africa Pool.
“There is growing interest in regional power pools across the continent and this could be adopted as a strategy to deal with the unevenly distributed energy resources and Africa’s energy problems,” explained Adesina adding that, “More affordable tariffs and an optimal generation capacity could be developed in the power sector through infrastructure linkages of power utilities and the regional power pools.”