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Mauritius Aims to Use Less Power: Facing an Electricity Shortfall, Mauritius Is Aiming to Lower Consumption through an Energy Efficiency Programme

Magazine article African Business

Mauritius Aims to Use Less Power: Facing an Electricity Shortfall, Mauritius Is Aiming to Lower Consumption through an Energy Efficiency Programme

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When Mahmood Hafez Amir was offered a free energy audit for his animal feed factory, he jumped at the chance.

Hafez Amir, the factory and plant manager at Meaders Feeds Limited in Riche Terre, near the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, has watched its bills for diesel and liquid petroleum gas rising.

Manufacturing industries in Mauritius spend in general at least around 20% of all their running costs on energy supply, and although energy prices have fallen over the last year, they remain high enough to be a drag on performance.

The country depends on imported fuel for around 83% of its total energy needs.

Last year, the government launched a national energy efficiency programme (NEEP), to help factories reduce their consumption and energy bills through energy audits. Funded by the Agence Franqaise de Developpement, the programme has resulted in savings of between 10-40% in companies that have adopted its recommendations.

"Earlier, we lacked some discipline, we were a bit negligent, now we are conscious that wastage of energy affects our finances and our economy," Hafez Amir says.

The company put insulation on the pipes coming out of its boiler to reduce heat losses, and improved its maintenance schedule, resulting in savings of 15-20% on its energy bills.

"This is not only good for our factory but for the economy and the environment of the island as well," Hafez Amir says.

Meaders Feeds' competitors have also benefited. At Livestock Feed Ltd, operations manager Didier Rosalie says that his factory has had audits in the past, but they did not bring satisfactory results.

"This one is outstanding, both technically and quantitatively. We can now monitor the tuning of our burner regularly thanks to the audit," he says.

Energy efficiency is at the heart of the challenges of competitiveness of the industrial and service sectors of the Indian Ocean nations, which are small, dependent on imports and vulnerable to global market fluctuations. …

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