Global engineering firm Siemens is at the forefront of this African energy revolution.
In Egypt, Siemens has orders to supply three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4,800 MW for a total combined capacity of 14,400 MW.
It is part of an €8 billion wind and gas energy order that will boost Egypt’s power generation by 50%.
Algeria is expanding its capacity from 11,000 MW to 26,000 MW by 2022, and Siemens is supplying gas turbines for two power plants which will generate over 2,000 MW to power five million homes.
In Nigeria, Siemens supplied and financed a 459 MW gas turbine power plant.
What this demonstrates is that a determined government can overcome electricity constraints very quickly with the support of private sector expertise and technology.
South Africa is no exception, and could have thousands of new megawatts through a gas to power programme that can be implemented in two to three years.
SA urgently needs new sources of reliable clean power.