Energy & Infrastructure Insight - Issue 2

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If it's accepted that gas has a role to play, not least as an alternative fuel to the traditional fossil fuel, then it will be necessary to not only create the demand for gas in the generation mix but also the appropriate frameworks to support its usage and the infrastructure to deliver it. If this can be achieved then natural gas could not only serve as a fuel for generation but also promote economic growth in key areas such as petrochemicals, refining and manufacturing. Furthermore, with average development times of approximately two to three years, gas-fired power plants can fill critical electricity gaps much more quickly than large-scale hydro, coal-fired or nuclear plants. In this context, LNG-to-power projects could provide the bridge for developing domestic production of electricity and for the construction of key gas and electricity infrastructure. To date however, they have been slower to be realised than might have been expected. PROVEN GAS RESERVES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA Image source: Power Africa Gas Roadmap to 2030, EIA 11

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