Last week, Siemens signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Madagascar to cooperate and identify measures that will fast-track power generation in the country and work toward increasing capacity by an additional 300MW by 2019.
According to a company statement, the agreement was signed together with project partners and in the presence of Günter Nooke, the German chancellor’s personal representative for Africa and the German ambassador to Madagascar, Harald Gehrig, in the Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons.
New Power Generation Sources
Other key aspects of the MoU include an assessment of the electrical grid based on the new power generation sources; applying financing concepts that will ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructure initiatives; and creating opportunities for local up-skilling and job creation during construction and operation.
Currently, Madagascar has 676MW of installed generation capacity and it is estimated that access to electricity is around 20%. Opportunities exist to increase the installed capacity through hydropower and explore oil reserves to meet the targets set by government, the statement noted.
“The primary goal of this agreement is to increase national power generating capacity and to connect the local population to the power grid,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa.
“A reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental prerequisite for economic growth. We are a company that invests for the long-term, and the opportunity for industrialisation in Africa is now. With the right partner Africa’s economies can develop to their full potential, ” Dall’Omo added.
“Improving the country’s energy mix will strengthen the well-established agriculture and mining industry and emerging tourism, textile industries,” Dall’Omo said.
Under this treaty, one of the short-term initiatives is the installation of a Siemens 44MW aero-derivative gas turbine (SGT-A45) for mobile power generation in Antananarivo. This unit is packaged for rapid deployment and can be installed in less than two weeks, the company said.
It is particularly beneficial for urgent power needs or in regions with less developed infrastructure making it ideal for Madagascar, the company highlighted.