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Cross-Border Information: Covid-19 causes near standstill in Q1 power generation growth

13 July 2020

The latest figures from African Energy Live Data suggest that Q1 2020 saw the lowest generation capacity additions in Africa for at least 20 years, with no new on-grid generation from February after coronavirus halted construction and commissioning

Key takeaways:

  • Net capacity of only 240MW was added to the grid in Africa in Q1 this year. While 438MW was added overall, another 198MW from rental plants was decommissioned.
  • Provisional figures for Q2 show that activity did not stop entirely, with construction resuming at a number of sites after strict lockdowns enforced in March began to relax. Live Data has recorded 713MW of new capacity coming online in Q2, which may be subject to revision in coming months.


Further information

For more information about these findings, please contact:

Alex Wark, business development manager, Dan Marks, African Energy, power editor,