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Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas

Rami Shabaneh, Anne-Sophie Corbeau and Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo
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Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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Abstract: Natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique have emerged as a new source of gas supply. While they are poised for export to global gas markets, they can also provide a key source of energy to the rest of Eastern Africa (defined in this paper to include Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda), where millions of inhabitants are currently living without access to electricity and clean cooking. Natural gas could also potentially be a driver for industrialization and economic growth. But before delving into the potential gas demand and opportunities for gas utilization in the region, it is important to take a step back to analyze the current energy picture in Eastern Africa and look into the social and development plans in place in the region. Despite large natural resource potential across the region of Eastern Africa (except South Africa), low electricity access and energy access rates have hampered economic growth and increased dependency on traditional biomass. This scoping study investigates energy access issues in the residential, industrial and transport sectors.

Keywords: Coal; Electricity; Electricity access; Energy access; Energy efficiency; Energy mix; Industrial sector; Infrastructure development; Infrastructure Investment; Natural gas; Natural resource development; Population growth; Power capacity; Prepaid meters; Renewable energy; Transportation; Uranium; Urbanization; Utility Revenues (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2018-05
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DOI: 10.30573/KS--2018-DP32

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