Gas turbines could add about 12,000MW of electrical generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2014, according to a new report.

The report by Frost and Sullivan expects the sale of more than 150 gas turbines in the region up to 2014 as African countries turn to gas to reduce power shortages.

Africa has substantial gas resources for electricity generation including about 186 trillion cubic feet in Nigeria, along with resources in Angola, Nigeria, Gabon and the Ivory Coast.

The report states that power from gas is becoming a preferred option for many African governments due to its quick turnaround time, high efficiency and the reliability of the technology.

Frost and Sullivan point out that competing resources such as water and coal being available at lower costs presents a serious challenge to the growth of the gas turbines market.

The market also faces challenges due to high operational costs with volatile gas prices and high maintenance costs.