Top cocoa producer to benefit from hydropower

Top cocoa producer to benefit from hydropower

West Africa’s Ivory Coast switched on the Soubre hydroelectric dam on Thursday, boosting the country’s electricity output by 10%.

Situated near the southwestern city of Soubre, Reuters reported that the 275MW plant will enable the world’s top cocoa grower to improve the growth of its economy.

“The Soubre dam will allow Ivory Coast to produce abundant and inexpensive electricity,” President Alassane Ouattara said at the inauguration ceremony.

“We are going to continue constructing other hydroelectric plants.”

The Soubre dam, Ivory Coast. Image source: Construction Review Online

Hydropower developments

The plant was financed by a $500 million low-interest loan from China’s Export-Import Bank and built by China’s state-owned hydropower engineering firm Sinohydro Corp, Reuters reported.

Reuters highlighted: “Unlike many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ivory Coast has a reliable power supply.

“It exports electricity to neighbours Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Mali, and plans to extend its grid to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone this year.

“But with domestic consumption rising by about 10% a year, the government is under pressure to boost supply at home and aims to increase output to 4,000MW by 2020, from the current 2,275MW.”

Ivory Coast developments

In other news, the country has received a loan from the International Development Association (IDA) to finance the Transport, Distribution and Access to Electricity Project (PTDAE).

The country intends to use a portion of this loan to make eligible payments under the contract for the construction of the Gagnoa substation.

The Energy Company of Côte d'Ivoire (CI-ENERGIES), acting as the delegate of the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy Development, solicits bids under cover from qualified bidders, and which meet the requirements for the construction of the substation. View the tender information here.

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