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Developing terms of reference for creating an Electricity Masterplan

This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

Affordable and clean energy

Goal7
Affordable and clean energy

Climate action

Goal 13: Climate action
Goal13
Climate action

This technology transfer advances the Seychelles:

  • Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce its economy-wide absolute GHG emissions by 122.5 ktCO2e (21.4%) in 2025 and estimated 188 ktCO2e in 2030 (29.0%) relative to baseline emissions.

Context

The economy of Seychelles has been developing rapidly in recent years. In particular, the tourism industry, the main pillar of the economy, has experienced a boost with the number of visitors to the country increasing by 68% in 5 years from 208,000 in 2012 to 350,000 in 2017. To support this economic growth and the increasing quality of life of the population, the generation, transmission and distribution capacity of electricity has to keep pace. 

The Seychelles National Energy Policy aims to achieve 5% and 15% penetration of renewable energy by 2020 and 2030 respectively. It is important to have a holistic plan to guide the utility company in developing the electricity network in line with the transformation in the energy generation mix. The Electricity Masterplan therefore aims to coordinate the development of the electricity infrastructure in the near and distant future as demand grows.

A Water Masterplan has been completed recently, and the Public Utilities Corporation (responsible for the provision of electricity, water and sewage services) has learned from the process that an Electricity Masterplan will be an extensive and costly undertaking. It is envisaged that a loan or grant will be used to fund the development of the Electricity Masterplan. A few funding bodies have been approached already. However, they require terms of reference before fully considering the application.

Requested CTCN Response

The CTCN was requested by the Seychelle's Public Utilities Corporation and Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change to produce a detailed terms of reference (TOR) for the formulation of an Electricity Masterplan. The objective of the terms of reference is to engage a consulting firm to develop an electricity masterplan through analysis of existing conditions, undertake demand forecasting using relevant tools, identify the most economically viable means to reinforce, upgrade and expand distribution systems (including on- and off-grid), and develop a demand side management programme and building capacity within the PUC to meet the goals as defined in the Seychelles Energy Policy.

Expected Results

The vision of the Masterplan is to surpass the Seychelles Energy Policy Targets of 5% and 15% renewable energy by 2020 and 2030.  The Electricity Masterplan will also complement the implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Programme in terms of cogeneration possibilities and promotion. It would complement the target put forward in Seychelles' Second National Communication to the UNFCCC in its stated developments of technologies for mitigation against the effects of climate change in cogeneration, solar energy use, wind energy use, and reducing the losses in the supply of electricity in the current system.

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