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Switching on an Environmentally Friendly and Affordable Light in Africa: Evaluation of the Role of Natural Gas

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  • Ishmael Ackah
  • Freda Opoku
  • Sarah Anang

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The purpose of this article is to review the dynamics of natural gas resources in Africa and evaluate how it can help solve the power challenges of the continent. This article develops from a descriptive analysis and desk review on natural gas and power. The key finding is that despite the increased discovery of natural gas in Africa, it has had minimal impact on power production. This study provides a descriptive overview and is limited to only natural gas. It does not consider how other energy sources can contribute to solving Africa’s power challenges. This article draws the attention of both policymakers and the investment community to the opportunities in the ‘natural gas-power’ value chain and the need to invest in gas infrastructure. An overview of the power challenges and natural gas potential of Africa is provided.

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  • Ishmael Ackah & Freda Opoku & Sarah Anang, 2019. "Switching on an Environmentally Friendly and Affordable Light in Africa: Evaluation of the Role of Natural Gas," Insight on Africa, , vol. 11(1), pages 60-77, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:inafri:v:11:y:2019:i:1:p:60-77
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