The Board of Directors at the African Development Bank (AfDB) have agreed to a first rank loan of 51.26 million euros to finance the construction of a 120-megawatt combined-cycle dual-fuel diesel power plant in Malicounda, Senegal.

The project also includes the construction of a transmission line some 200 meters long which will connect the power plant to the existing Senelec 225 kV high voltage substation, as well as the extension of this substation. The duration of the construction works is estimated at twenty-two months. The works to be carried out consist in particular of dual fuel combined cycle power generation installations, comprising diesel fuel groups operating on heavy fuel oil easily convertible to gas.

This project is in line with the government’s ambition to develop its industry and meet the growing demand for energy – about 7 to 8% per year. The electricity produced by the power plant will be transported by the existing 225 kV Mbour-Sendou-Kounoune transmission line, connected to the interconnection grid that supplies the country’s main consumption centers.

Source: African Leadership