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Madagascar aims to produce 76 percent of its electricity from hydroenergy by 2012, plugging a major gap in its existing capacity, the president of the Indian Ocean island country said on Friday.
Power shortages in the north and southwest of the world's fourth largest island triggered riots in May last year and police used live rounds and teargas to restore order.
"Hydroenergy will be our top priority in the medium and long term until it is producing 76 percent of our electricity in 2012," President Marc Ravalomanana said at the opening of a 40 megawatt (MW) thermal power station in the capital.
"Renewable energies will also have their place," he said.
Madagascar plans to open a 17 MW hydroelectric plant this year and envisages another 180 MW hydroelectric plant with World Bank help, said Elyse Razaka, minister of energy and mines.
News date: 16/02/2008