Senegal’s Energy Sector Development Set to Make Power Cheaper and Greener
Senegal has stated its ambition to make the country an emerging economy and increase its electrification rate to 100% by 2025 through its electrification roadmap –the Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE). As of April 2020, the energy sector in Senegal has installed an electricity capacity of 1431 MW.
To achieve universal access to electricity, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with Senegal’s Ministry of Energy to expand its provision of services to the country’s rural areas, a priority of the PSE. The international organization, Sustainable Energy for All in Africa (SEforALL) announced in March the receipt of a $1 billion grant from USAID for the electrification of health facilities in the region.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation has assisted with financing of key transactions for several new projects, notably the Taiba N’Diaye Wind Power Station, and, together with USAID, the Cap des Biches combined-cycle thermal plant and the 20 MW Senergy 2 solar PV plant.
News of the 300 MW Cap des Biches gas-fired power plant project comes a month after General Electric secured an order to supply gas power generation equipment to the project. The company is set to supply two 9E.02 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two Heat Recovery Steam Generators and an additional balance of plant equipment as part of its commitment.
A privately-owned 20 MW solar PV power plant in northern Senegal has proved vital to the country’s rise in generating capacity. The Senergy 2 project in Bokhol, Dagana was made possible by a $24 million construction finance load from Green Africa Power and was developed by GreenWish Partners, a French renewable energy platform.
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