The State of Côte d’Ivoire and the village community of Azito proceeded on Wednesday, October 06, 2019 in Abidjan, to the signing of an agreement of 2 billion FCFA ($ 3.3 million), for compensate the populations affected by the extension works of the thermal power station.
According to the Ivorian Minister of Energy, it was imperative to settle the dispute over the purge of customary rights with the people who surrendered their lands to the state, in order to allow the normal continuation of the work.
For a total cost of CFAF 175 billion (approximately $ 294.7 million), the Phase 4 work of the thermal power plant will be to increase the plant’s current capacity of 253 MW to 700 MW, targeting increase in production to supply the national electricity grid.
The Azito power plant produces about 30% of the electricity of Côte d’Ivoire, while the hydroelectric dams provide the majority of the national production. A trend that wants to reverse the Ivorian government in fifteen years, to achieve a more balanced energy mix with 42% renewable energy including 26% of hydropower.
According to data from the Ivorian Ministry of Energy and Renewable Energy, Côte d’Ivoire’s production capacity in terms of energy is now around 2,200 MW. This capacity has been increased by 60% between 2011 and 2018.
Source: Agence Ecofin