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By the end of 2018, natural gas and dual fuel plants using gas will have increased from 40% of installed capacity in 2010 to nearly 48%, according to the new African Energy Data Book. The increase in gas usage has often been at the expense of coal plants, which have decreased as a proportion of total generation from 29% to 20% since 2010, although coal capacity has grown by 13% over the same period. Use of liquid fuels has also decreased.There is a clear need and appetite for gas-fired power in Africa.