Biomass- and waste-to-energy technology providers DP CleanTech Group has announced that it has signed a milestone contract to supply the boiler islands for the largest biomass facility in West Africa marking the third major project for DP CleanTech on the continent.
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The 46 MWe biomass plant is located in the southeast of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and is backed by Biovéa Energie S.A, a joint venture between Electricité De France (EDF), Biokala, a subsidiary of agro-industrial group SIFCA Group, and French firm Meridiam.
The project is financed by Proparco and Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and is being delivered by China Energy Engineering Corp (CEEC).
The landmark project, the largest biomass power plant in West Africa and the first of its kind on the continent to supply renewable power to a national electricity grid, is located in Ayébo village approximately 100 km east of Abidjan, and 5 km from Aboisso town.
It will be fuelled by approximately 480 000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of locally sourced palm residues within a 60 km radius. Of this 70 percent will be supplied by 12 000 smallholders, who will see annual incomes increase by up to 20 percent.
Up to 1.7 million people will receive an estimated 348 GWh per year of stable electricity supply to improve living conditions, drive employment and support economic growth.
DP CleanTech’s scope includes design, engineering, equipment, installation, and commissioning for the two 23 MW biomass boiler units.
Plant construction will create significant employment and infrastructure improvements and once operational, the plant will support approximately 1 000 full-time equivalents (FTE) local jobs.
The project will be a key contributor to developing the local circular economy and is an important component of the Côte d’Ivoire 2014-2030 National Action Plan for Renewable Energies, which targets 42 percent renewable energy of the total energy mix by 2030.
The project will also support the agro-industrial sector and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in line with COP21 objectives.
This is a hugely important project for the region as it is the first to produce renewable biomass energy for the national grid. We are delighted to be working with our partners, CEEC (China Energy Engineering Corp) to deliver a successful and sustainable plant which we anticipate will be a turning point for the productive use of the huge waste biomass resources in Africa and pave the way for future projects, commented Simon Parker CEO of DP CleanTech.
DP CleanTech’s core technologies were originally developed in Denmark and are behind over 80 biomass power plants around the world. The company has significant operations in Europe and Asia and a growing presence in Africa and South America.