IVORY COAST: a call for tenders for the Kossou floating solar power plant

Nearly three years after the Ivorian government announced the construction of the Kossou floating solar power plant, the public company Côte d’Ivoire Energies (CI-Energies) is launching a call for tenders for its construction. Open until March 29, 2022, the call for expression of interest aims to recruit a company to execute the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the floating solar power plant.

The facility will be located in the Kossou dam lake on the Bandama River. The dam, in service since 1972, is located in the center of Côte d’Ivoire and has a hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 105 MW. The solar power plant that will be built in the lake of the reservoir will have a capacity of 20 MWp.

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The company selected in the tender will also maintain the floating solar power plant. The company will build and maintain the transmission network of the future plant. This project is financed by an 80 million euro loan committed by the French Development Agency (AFD) in 2019 to support the production of renewable energies in Côte d’Ivoire.

This photovoltaic solar power plant will be added to two other installations under construction, within the framework of public-private partnerships (PPP) and for a combined capacity of 60 MWp. These projects developed under the Scaling Solar program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will support the Ivorian government’s policy on renewable energy. Abidjan wants to increase the share of clean energy in its electricity mix to 16% by 2030. Currently, the West African country is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, especially oil and natural gas.

Jean-Marie Takouleu

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