The CEB ensures reliable and efficient electric power generation with well-maintained, safe and properly operated power plants. Mauritius has a nominal installed capacity of 847.44 MW, out of which 498.45 MW are from CEB generating units and the remaining 348.99 MW are from Independent Power Producers, Medium Scale Distributed Generators and Small Scale Distributed Generators.
Where does the power come from?
The bulk of the energy supply comes from heavy fuel oil and coal. Most of CEB’s thermal power stations are located in the vicinity of the Port Area in Port Louis on account of on-shore fuel handling facilities which are readily available for unloading of fuel. CEB uses heavy fuel oil for its base load and semi-base load power plants, and kerosene for the Gas Turbines which are primarily used for peaking periods.
Alternative sources of electricity
The Production Department, headed by the Production Manager, is responsible for all matters related to the generation of electricity in Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands. It comprises the Thermal, Hydro and Construction & Maintenance Sections. Both in Mauritius and Rodrigues, heavy fuel oil (HFO) is used to power base and semi-base load diesel power plants. Gas turbines running on Kerosene are used as emergency and peaking units in Mauritius whereas diesel oil driven generating sets are used for same purpose in Rodrigues. In Mauritius, renewable energy is produced by CEB from hydro facilities which is seasonal and depends on the amount of rainfall available. Whilst, in Rodrigues Island renewable energy is produced by CEB’s wind farms which is periodic and is totally dependent on wind behavior.
The mission of the Production Department is to provide reliable and efficient electric power in Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands with well-maintained, safe and properly operated generation facilities.
The main objectives of the Production Department are:
In order to achieve the planned targets in the Production Department, the following strategies are being adopted, namely:
The Production Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of CEB’s four Thermal and ten Hydro-electric power stations in Mauritius which produces 44% of the total electrical energy requirement of the island. It is also responsible for two thermal power stations and two wind farms in Rodrigues which provide total electrical energy requirement of the island.
Furthermore, the Production Department operates and maintains two Heavy Fuel Oil Tank Farms located at Les Grandes Salines and Fort William Depot respectively. These Tank Farms are crucial since they provide all the required logistics to store Heavy Fuel Oil which is, thereafter, pumped for use at St Louis and Fort Victoria Power Stations. Moreover, Heavy Fuel Oil, from these two Tank Farms, is bunkered on vessels Mauritius Trochetia and MV Anna for conveyance to Rodrigues Island where it is stored in the two tank farms, of total storage capacity 3,925 m3, located at both Pointe Monnier and Port Mathurin Power Stations. This heavy fuel oil is used to power the two thermal power stations.
In Mauritius, the total installed capacity of generating units in CEB power plants is 498.5 MW with a total asset value of approximately MUR 14 billion and a labour force of around 410 employees. The total installed capacity, in Rodrigues, is 13.58 MW with a labour force of around 56 employees.
The tables below indicate CEB’s production of electricity in Mauritius and Rodrigues for the period January 2017 to December 2017. All figures given are as at 31 December 2017.
The Generation mix, in Mauritius, as at December 2017 is given in the chart below.
The CEB Thermal Power Stations in Mauritius are detailed out in the chart below: