IEA Launches Mauritanian Renewable Energy Report at MSGBC Conference

Intergovernmental organization the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its Renewable Energy Opportunities for Mauritania report during the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2023 conference in Nouakchott this week.

Focusing exclusively on Mauritania, the report provides an in-depth overview of the various renewable energy resources available in the country, promoting development and investment.  The report represents a guide for potential investors and will serve to facilitate and improve decision-making on the burgeoning Mauritanian energy market.

“With Mauritania, we have been working on collecting information on energy efficiency. This is the first country-specific report [on Mauritania] that we are doing. We wanted to ask two big questions: what are the major opportunities for Mauritania to tap into its high energy resources and how competitive of a producer Mauritania can be,” stated Rita Madeira, Africa Program Officer at the IEA.

The report found several positive findings, with the most prominent being that “renewable energy can accelerate access to electricity in Mauritania. Over the past 20 years, access to electricity nearly doubled,” Madeira explained.

The report details how untapped renewable energy can be leveraged to bolster access to electricity, kickstarting energy transformation and allowing the country to advance sustainable development. Madeira continued to state that, “Renewables can also play a significant role in the mining industry. Minerals are Mauritania’s largest trading commodity. It is also a major energy consumer and depends entirely on imported fossil fuels.”

Additionally, the report highlights the country’s green hydrogen opportunities, showcasing how the country’s current project pipeline will serve as a catalyst for future investment into the sector. With the largest pipeline of green hydrogen projects in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, the report emphasizes that Mauritania is well-positioned to become a global supplier.

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