Mauritania to provide power to Senegal
12 September 2013, 19:00
Dakar - Mauritania is to begin providing energy-starved
Senegal with electricity within two years, both sides announced Thursday after
a summit between their presidents in Dakar.
Mauritania will sell its west African neighbour 80 megawatts
at cost price from March 2015, with the possibility of increasing to 120 MW, a
joint statement from the two countries said.
The cost and completion dates for power lines between the
two countries have not been set out yet, said the statement, released after
Mauritanian head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz spent Tuesday and Wednesday
in Senegal, meeting President Macky Sall.
The gas to be used to generate the electricity will be
extracted from Mauritania by a British-led consortium, according to several
sources in Nouakchott.
The World Bank estimates that the Senegalese endure 12 days
when there are power outtages during the average month, though the cost of
electricity supply is among the highest in the world.
Like many African power companies, state-owned Senelec is
unable to match supply with demand.
Senegal and Mauritania already have a number of agreements
in place, most notably in the fields of hydrology, security and fishing.