PSR was awarded a consulting contract with the World Bank to support the Government of Mauritius on
how to meet the country's future power needs in a reliable and cost-effective way. The scope of
work includes a critical review of the existing planning and regulatory mechanisms to attract new
generation capacity and an analysis on how these mechanisms can achieve the country's objectives of
fostering renewable generation.
Mauritius is a net importer of liquid fuels, coal and oil. There is no remaining hydro potential available. The wind regime in Mauritius is good, with an annual average speed of 8 m/s at 30 m above ground level. Other potential sources for Mauritius include waste to energy, biofuels and landfill gas emissions, geothermal and wave energy, amongst others. In 2013, the total electricity generated in Mauritius reached 2,577 GWh, of which 1,141 GWh were produced from the Central Electricity Board (CEB) using its three heavy fuel oil power stations and ten hydroelectric plants, which together have a total capacity of 388 MW. The remaining 1,436 GWh of electricity were purchased by the CEB from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), which use a combination of coal and bagasse as fuel in their thermal power plants. The system peak demand reached 441 MW in 2013. The demand is expected to increase by nearly 21% over the period 2014-2017, with a highest peak of 4.15% in the year 2014.