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Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities

Energy Sector


Utility Regulatory Authority​

Energy Efficiency Management Office​

Radiation Protection Authority

Central Electricity Board

Energy Projects in Mauritius and Rodrigues

Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA)

 

 

Utility Regulatory Authority

 

The Utility Regulatory Authority (URA) has been set up in 2016 in accordance with the Utility Regulatory Authority Act 2004 to regulate utility services, namely electricity, water and wastewater.

 

Objects of Authority

Subject to the relevant Utility legislation, the objects of the Authority shall be to:

  • ensure the sustainability and viability of utility services;
  • protect the interests of both existing and future customers;
  • promote efficiency in both operations and capital investments in respect of utility services;
  • promote competition to prevent unfair and anti-competitive practices in the utility services industry.

 

The main functions of the URA are:

  • to implement the policy of Government relating to applicable utility services;
  • grant, vary and revoke licences in respect of a utility service;
  • enforce the conditions laid down in an undertaking authorisation;
  • regulate tariffs and other charges levied by a licensee in accordance with any rules specified in the relevant Utility legislation;
  • mediate or arbitrate disputes between a customer and a licensee, or between 2 or more licensees;
  • determine whether a licensee has an obligation to extend a utility service to customers or to an area not adequately supplied with such utility service;
  • establish an appropriate procedure for receiving and enquiring into complaints by customers in relation to any utility services; and
  • establish and implement adequate systems for monitoring the compliance by licensees with standards and applicable regulations, and making such information publicly available.

 

Board Members


 

BOARD MEMBERS OF UTILITY REGULATORY AUTHORITY
Prof G Mohamedbhai               Chairperson
Mr. P. Ah Chuen                      Commissioner
Mr. R. Lutchmun Roy               Commissioner
Mr. S. Narain                           Commissioner
 

 

Contact

Tel:      405  6700

Fax:     454  0743

Email:  ura@intnet.mu

 

Energy Efficiency Management Office


The Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) has been set up under Section 4 of the Energy Efficiency Act 2011 with the objectives of, among others, of promoting awareness for the efficient use of energy as a means to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.  

The functions of the EEMO are, in particular, to implement strategies and programmes for the efficient use of energy, establish links with regional and international institutions and participate in programmes pertaining to the efficient use of energy.

The objective of the EEMO is to highlight the initiatives in energy in the domestic, industrial, transport and services sector in view of sensitizing and creating a synergy around an effective management of energy.

 

For more information, please visit the website of EEMO at http://eemo.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

 

Radiation Protection Authority


The RPA is the national regulatory body established under the Radiation Protection Act of 2003. Its main objective is to regulate and control all practices involving the use of ionising radiation.

It has also the mission to protect people and the environment against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation through an effective regulatory system.

 

Please visit the website of RPA at http://rpa.govmu.org/English/Pages/default.aspx for additional information

 

 

Central Electricity Board


The Central Electricity Board (CEB) is a parastatal body wholly owned by the Government of Mauritius and reporting to the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities. It is empowered by the Central Electricity Board Act 1963 and the CEB's business is to "prepare and carry out development schemes with the general object of promoting, coordinating and improving the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity" in Mauritius.

The CEB produces around 40% of the country's total power requirements from its 4 thermal power stations and 10 hydroelectric plants and the remaining 60% are being purchased from Independent Power Producers.

 

Thermal Power Stations

      ·         St Louis PS

      ·         Fort Victoria PS

      ·         Fort George PS

      ·         Nicolay PS

 

Hydroelectric Plants

      ·         Champagne

      ·         Ferney

      ·         Tamarind Falls

      ·         Magenta

      ·         Le Val

      ·         Cascade Cecile

      ·         Amode Ibrahim Atchia Reduit (CEB power station)

      ·         La Ferme

      ·         La Nicolière Feeder Canal

      ·         Midlands

 

Independent Power Producers (IPPs)

      ·         Sarako

      ·         Solar Field Ltd

      ·         Synnove-L’Esperance

      ·         Synnove-Petite Retraite

      ·         Eole des Plaine des Roches

      ·         OTEOLB (ex CTSav)

      ·         ALTEO (FUEL)

      ·         TERRAGEN (ex CTBV)

      ·         Consolidated Energy Ltd (CEL)

      ·         OTEOSA (ex CTDS)

      ·         MSML (ex Medine)

      ·         Sotravic Ltd (Landfill Gas)

 

 

Energy Projects in Mauritius and Rodrigues

CEB Project in MAURITIUS

Redevelopment of Saint Louis Power Station

This project consists of retiring the four low efficient Pielstick engines and replacing them with four Diesel Power Plant of capacity 66 MW, with a capacity of 15 MW each. The project will strengthen the existing thermal production resources and will satisfy the future electrical requirements. The redevelopment project started on 29 March 2016 and the engines are expected to be fully operational by the end of October 2017.

 

Gas Turbines Power Plant (i.e Phase 1 of the setting up of a 135-150 MW Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Project at Fort George)

With a view to continue ensuring the security of electricity supply, the CEB is making provision for the installation of a 105-120 MW Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Plant at Fort George in order to meet the energy requirements from the year 2018 onwards. The contract for the consultancy services was awarded on 07 October 2016. Thereafter after commissioning, the plant will operate on diesel (gasoil) and will switch over to natural gas when it will be available in Mauritius.

 

Construction of a new Tank Farm at Les Grandes Salines

This project caters for the construction of 3 x 6500 m3 Heavy Fuel Oil Tank Farm at Les Grandes Salines. The tank farm would be equipped with the required infrastructure and pipe network that would enable storage and handling of HFO of viscosity up to 380 centistoke (cst). The project estimated at Rs 554 M has already started and is expected to be completed in August 2017.

 

Construction of a new 7000m3 Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Tank at Fort Victoria Power Station

For this project, one additional tank will be erected in the yard of Fort Victoria PS to cater for the increase in demand for the HFO for the running of existing engines at Fort Victoria, St Louis and Rodrigues Power stations with the installation of 60 MW units. The project is estimated for a total value of Rs 80 M.

 

CEB Project in RODRIGUES

New 200 kW – 250 kW Solar (Photovoltaic) Farm at Grenade

It is one of the main projects which are in line with the sustainable development in the island. The implementation of this project will enable the further promotion and implementation of renewable energy in Rodrigues Island and reduce dependency on fossil fuels and mitigation of greenhouse gas emission.


Independent Power Producers (Renewable Energy)

SARAKO 15 MW Solar Power Farm

Location: Bambous

Operational Date: 18 February 2014

Production Capacity: 15.2 MW (Megawatt)

 

Solar Field Ltd

Location: Mont-Choisy

Operational Date: 30 January 2017

Capacity: 2 MW

 

Synnove – L’Esperance (Synnove Solar (Mauritius) One Ltd)

Location: L’Esperance

Operational Date: 04 January 2017

Capacity: 2 MW

 

Synnove - Petite Retraite

Location: Petite Retraite

Operational Date: 04 January 2017

Capacity: 2 MW

 

Eole Plaine des Roches Wind Farm

Location: Plaine des Roches

Operational Date: 15 March 2016

Capacity: 11 wind turbines of 580 kW (kiloWatt) each

 

 

 

Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) ​

 

The Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) was enacted by the MARENA Act of 2015. It was created to oversee the development of renewable energy in Mauritius. It is responsible to promote renewable energy and create an environment conducive to the development of renewable energy. Section 7 of the Act provides that the Agency shall be administered by a Board.

 

Objects of Agency

The objects of the Agency shall be to:–

a)      promote the adoption and use of renewable energy with a view to achieving sustainable development goals;

b)      advise on possible uses of liquid natural gas;

c)      create an enabling environment for the development of renewable energy;

d)     increase the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix;

e)      share information and experience on renewable energy research and technology; and

f)       foster collaboration and networking, at regional and international levels, with institutions promoting renewable energy.

 

Functions of Agency

The Agency shall: –

(a).           advise the Minister on all matters relating to renewable energy policy and strategy;

(b).          every 5 years, elaborate a renewable energy strategic plan;

(c).           establish the necessary mechanism and framework to increase the use of renewable energy;

(d).          assess the feasibility and competiveness of renewable energy projects and make recommendations;

(e).           encourage and support studies and research on the renewable energy technologies and their implementation;

(f).           compile and analyse data on use and benefits of renewable energy;

(g).          develop guidelines and standards for renewable energy projects and for evaluation and approval of on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects;

(h).          devise incentive mechanisms, including subsidisation mechanisms based on principles of competitiveness and specific technologies;

(i).            define a funding strategy for renewable energy projects;

(j).            assess the requirements for the improvement of skills for the implementation of renewable energy projects;

(k).          establish linkages with the International Renewable Energy Agency and regional and international institutions with similar objectives;

(l).            share information and knowledge on renewable energy technologies;

(m).        carry out sensitisation programmes on renewable energy technologies;

(n).          devise such criteria as may be necessary for the accreditation of operators in the renewable energy sector; and

(o).          do such acts and things as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.

 

Board Members

 

COMPOSITION OF MARENA BOARD
Dr. Arjoon Suddhoo                                        Chairperson
Dr. P. M. K. Soonarane                                  Member- Representative of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities
Mrs. Sin Lan Ng Yun Wing                            Member- Representative of the Ministry of Environment
Mr. Hemnish Urdhin                                      Member- Representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Mr. Raj Makoon                                               Member- Representative of the Joint Economic Council
Professor (Dr) S.D.D.V Rughooputh          Member- Representative of University of Mauritius
Mr. Dipak Chummun                                     Member- Representative having wide experience in the field of energy sector, engineering, finance and mgt          
Mrs. Helene Echevin                                     Member- Member- Representative having wide experience in the field of energy sector, engineering, finance & mgt
Mrs. Sandya Adi Teelock                              Member- Representative of non-governmental organisations having as object the promotion of renewable energy
Mr. Yan Hookoomsing                                  Member- Representative of non-governmental organisations having as object the promotion of renewable energy
Hon Mahendranath Sharma                        Member- Member of the National Assembly
Hon Mahomed Mahomed Osman Cassam   Member- Member of the National Assembly
Mr. Jean Richard Payendee                               Member- Member of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly
Mr. Koushul Narrain                                            Acting Secretary

 

 

CEO and Staff

Recruitment in process

 

Address:

Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency,

4th Floor, Celicourt Building,

Sir Celicourt Antelme Street,

Port Louis.

Tel: 212   8325                   Fax: 212   8326                   Email:  info@marena.co.mu

 

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