West Africa limbers up

Ogunbiyi, Constantine
March 2005
Power Economics;3/4/2005, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p7
The article presents information on the electricity sector of West Africa. Electricity in the region is generated by thermal (58.8 per cent) or hydro (41.2 per cent) sources. West Africa has substantial hydropower potential (estimated at 24 GW), however, very little (estimated at four per cent) of this potential is being tapped. The failure of the government to sell off a majority stake in SENELEC to a strategic investor has certainly not all been negative. The time frames required by funding partners for the reform process is often considered as too short (especially considering the time taken by developed economies in a similar exercise).


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