Aggreko to double power output in Côte d’Ivoire by 2016

power Lisa Murray flickrPower generation company Aggreko plans to double its output in Côte d’Ivoire to around 400MW within the next two years, in order to meet the growing demands of the country

Côte d’Ivoire is currently registering a GDP growth of around nine per cent and is investing heavily in long-neglected power infrastructure in an effort to boost output and maintain its rapid economic expansion, according to reports.

Marc Vatel, operations director of Aggreko in Africa, said, “We hope to double our electricity production in one or two years as we have that capacity.”

The West African country is home to offshore natural gas reserves, and also supplies power regionally to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali. Cote d’Ivoire also plans to add Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to its power grid shortly, reports added.

The nation’s estimated total electricity capacity is around 1,600MW, which the government aims to push to 4,000MW by 2020. However, exports to its neighbours have declined in recent years as domestic demand has outpaced new power generation.

”Our cooperation with the government could legitimately increase because our power station functions with gas, producing cheap, clean energy with domestic gas,” Vatel added.

Aggreko recently began supplying 50MW of emergency power to Conakry, capital of neighbouring Guinea.

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