African Energy Live Data shows Southern Africa is making progress filling its power generation gap

African Energy has launched African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform that will change the way investors and developers identify and evaluate power projects across the continent.

Based on decades of research and delivered through a specially designed web-based database platform, Live Data monitors power projects and analyses markets to help key stakeholders understand and plan for a future in which many more power plants will be built in Africa.

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New data for Southern Africa – extrapolated from Live Data’s 1,218 detailed entries for the region – show that on-grid generation capacity will have increased by 72% in the decade to 2020 if the potential of the project pipeline reported on the database is fulfilled.

Live Data reveals that there is a realistic prospect of installed capacity from Southern African projects rising from 52.6GW in 2010 to nearly 79.3GW by 2020. This supplies a population that stood at 147m in 2010 and is estimated at 173m in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Were the 2020 pipeline of projects be implemented, this level of growth would mean that, for the first time in decades, increases in electricity production may be greater than the rise in population – even though Southern Africa’s demography is set to rise by 30%, to 186m in 2020 over the decade.

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A presentation of African Energy Live Data’s research will be made on the sidelines of the fourth annual Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting which will be held in London on 15-16 November 2017.

If you would like to arrange a demonstration of Live Data, please contact Nick Dashwood Brown. T: +44 (0) 1424 721667. E: [email protected]
You may also take a tour of Live Data with our short introductory video