Coal will remain part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in spite of the global trend to move to alternative sources of energy, given its cost.
Her view is that it would be unrealistic to expect that Africa could develop without using coal. “It’s there, it’s cheap, it can be used to generate electricity,” she emphasises, adding that it behoved the continent to use what it had to industrialise.
“But, of course, as the technology for solar power and wind energy becomes cheaper, we must increase that component of electricity generation. Hydro is clean energy and we must also use that.”
Nigeria is targeting 30% coal-based electricity and investment is being invited in exploration for coal in the West African country. Mining Weekly Online also reports that the AU is going to launch an African Minerals Development Centre in an attempt to ensure that African governments are better equipped to negotiate better mining and exploration terms and contracts.
Source: Mining Weekly