VINCI Energies wins contract to expand power grid in Senegal

WCN Editorial Team 7 Feb 2018 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

VINCI Energies has won a contract from the Societe d’Electricite du Senegal (Senelec) to install five new extra high voltage transformer stations, 200km of overhead and underground EHV transmission lines, 100 distribution substations in various parts of Senegal and a regional load dispatch centre.

The company won the contract through its Omexom energy transition brand.

The project is part of the transmission and distribution grid expansion, reinforcement and reliability enhancement programme (2016-20 Strategic Plan) of Senelec.

The €197m project will be completed in 36 months and will involve the cities of Dakar, Diass, Diamniadio, Thies, Kounoune, Tobene and Tambacounda.

The contract is financed by a banking pool comprising French and Senegalese lenders and is backed by the French authorities through a BPI Assurance Export guarantee and the Senegalese authorities via a guarantee of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning.

The project is expected to improve the reliability of the Senegalese electricity grid.

In Dakar, it will give three new sources of supply to the strategic city-centre neighbourhoods.

An additional high voltage transformer station will be constructed to secure the power supply in the new suburb of Diamniadio.

A second transformer station will be installed in the city of Thies to secure the supply of electricity of several towns in the vicinity.

The contract will cover reinforcement of the distribution grids in Dakar, Tambacounda, Kounoune, Diamniadio and Thies.

VINCI Energies is expanding the business activity of its Senegalese subsidiary through transfer of expertise from its Moroccan and French subsidiaries.

In 2017, the business unit was awarded a contract to build photovoltaic solar power plants with combined capacity of 17MW. It is currently carrying out BoP electrical works at the 21MW Kahone solar power plant.

The company recently inaugurated West Africa’s largest (33MW) solar farm in Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

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