Senegal’s power generation up by 5.2% in Q2 2017
Senegal’s power generation increased by 5.2 percent during the second quarter of 2017, APA learned from the Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Studies (DPEE).
“Electricity sales increased by 6.1 percent over the period, going up from 687.6 to 729.3 gigawatt hours in response to the increase in household demand (customers increased by 2.8 percent), on one hand, and the good performance of economic activity, on the other.”
Sales of low voltage and medium voltage have increased by 8.2 percent and 5.5 percent respectively, over the period.
Meanwhile, the electricity supply capacity increased by 20 megawatts, following the commissioning of the Sinthiou Mekhé solar power plant located 90 km south of Dakar.
Cumulatively in the first half of 2017, power generation increased by 6 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the increase in electricity sales (up by 6.8 percent).
The increase in demand for both low and medium voltage was 7.5 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively, over the period.
The latter was largely satisfied, particularly due to the commissioning of three new solar power plants in Bokhol (in the north) with 25 megawatts, Malikounda (80km from Dakar) with 25 Megawatts and Sinthiou Mékhé (20 megawatts).