of CO2 avoided each year
The largest biomass power plant in West Africa
Ivory Coast is aiming for an energy mix in which 42% will come from renewable energy by 2030. To help it achieve this goal, EDF signed a concession contract with the Ivorian government in December 2019 via BIOVEA Energie (owned with its partners Meridiam and Biokala, a subsidiary of the SIFCA group). This contract involves the design, financing, construction and operation of a 46 MW biomass power plant over 25 years.
Located in the town of Aboisso, 100 km east of Abidjan, the plant will be the largest in West Africa to be powered by agricultural waste. Its operation will create 1,000 full-time local jobs. It will be powered by locally grown palm leaves, 70% of which will be collected from 12,000 community growers. This will increase the annual income of local farmers by up to 20% and they will be able to use the combustion ash as a natural fertiliser.
"The plant, scheduled to come on stream in mid-2023, will generate 336 GWh per year, meeting the electricity needs of 1.7 million people per year. It will also enable the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years.
In Ivory Coast, EDF is helping its local partners to meet high energy demand whilst reducing their carbon impact.
EDF relies on autonomous production, i.e. disconnected from the electricity grid, through the installation of solar kits.
Energy efficiency services are an important part of the response to the growth in energy demand and the reduction of CO2 emissions.