High demand growth is expected … in the northern part of the country where mining and other economic activities are taking place, TANESCO Managing Director Idrisa Rashidi said.

This implies that an extra capacity of 105 MW has to be added yearly to meet expected demand. Due to this high demand growth … the generation facilities will not be able to meet the expected demand, Rashidi said.

Power generation has failed to keep up with booming demand, and there were severe power cuts in 2006 after a drought slashed hydro-power production.

Rashidi said that three projects meant to add 798 MW to the grid including a coal-fired plant, a gas-powered plant and a hydroelectric dam had been delayed.

Rashidi said that six other plants needed to be fast-tracked to tide over the power crisis.