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Electricity in Swaziland


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Executive Summary of Electricity in Swaziland

Electricity in Swaziland -  The electricty sector in Swaziland is dominated by the main utility, the Swaziland Electricity Company, a government owned utility that controls transmission, distribution, and supply of power. The utility’s installed generating capacity is small compared to the level of demand, and it relies on imports for between 80% and 90% of all the power it sells. There are, in addition, a number or sugar companies that generate power for themselves, using sugar cane waste and imported coal. The county has reserves of high quality coal and hydropower, biomass, solar, and wind potential, but the small size of the country, coupled with its limited financial resources, makes developing any of these energy sources difficult - without external assistance. The country’s best hope for generating capacity expansion is to exploit its coal reserves with the help of partners, in order to export power to South Africa, and other neighbouring countries.
Swaziland is a small state between South Africa and Mozambique. The country has a low electrification rate of around 27%, one of the lowest in the region, but is a part of the Southern African Power Pool.
Key features of this report
• An overview of the electricity market in Swaziland.
• Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.
• Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.
• An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.
• Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.
• Transmission system expansion plans.
Key benefits from reading this report
What are the key energy resources in Swaziland for power production.
How is the country overcoming the effects of power shortage?
What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
Who are the key players in market? 
What are the investment opportunities in the country?
Key market issues in Electricity in Swaziland
This report is a Country Profile, covering:-
Power generation capacity by fuel input
Electricity networks
Current power market trends
Generation growth
Investment opportunities
Future project plans
Key findings of this report
1.Swaziland consumed 4,567bbl/d of refined petroleum products annually, all imported.
2.Electricity in Swaziland is produced primarily from four hydropower plants, Maguga (19.8MW), Ezulwini (20.0MW), Edwaleni (15.0MW), and Maguduza (5,6MW).
3.The main network operates at 132kV, with feeder lines at 66kV. Total line lengths are 333km of 132kV, and 914km at 66kV.
4.According to the company, around 90% of electrified households use smart meters - and industrial users are all subject to time-of-use tariffs.
5.Tariffs in Swaziland are set by SERA, based on a submission from SEC. For the 2013/2014 financial year, the SEC applied for a tariff increase of 36.5%. However it was granted an average tariff increase of 9.3% by SERA.
Key questions answered by this report
1.How does Swaziland generate its electricity?
2.What is the status of the national electricity market?
3.What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
4.Who are the key players in market?
5.What are the future prospects for investment in Swaziland?
Who this report is for
Power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers, power sector manufacturers, power developers, investors in renewables systems and infrastructure, renewable energy developers, energy/power planning managers, energy/power development managers, governmental organisations, system operators, companies investing in renewable power infrastructure and generation, investment banks, infrastructure developers and investors, intergovernmental lenders, energy security analysts.
Why buy it Electricity in Swaziland
• To utilise in-depth assessment and analysis of the current and future technological and market state of power, carried out by an industry expert with 30 years in the power generation industry.
• Use cutting edge information and data.
• Use the highest level of research carried out. expert analysis to say what is happening in the market and what will happen next.
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Report Details
Report Title
Electricity in Swaziland
Report Subtitle
Country profile of power sector, market trends and investment opportunities
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Publication Date
February 2014
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