Earlier this month, British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, met with Ivorian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Adama Toungara, while visiting government ministers and business leaders to foster closer economic and trade links between the two countries.
During his visit, Toungara accompanied Duddridge on a tour of the 200MW gas-fired Aggreko power generation facility in the Vridi area of the Ivorian capital.
British Minister for Africa applauds plant achievements
Operating since 2010, this plant, which was developed by Scotland-based modular, mobile power and adjacent product solutions company Aggreko, plays an important role in ensuring local businesses and domestic users receive a reliable power supply.
[quote]Initially installed with 70MW, the plant’s capacity was increased to 100MW in 2011 and expanded to its current capacity of 200MW in 2013.
Toungara said: “The 200MW of electricity generated at this facility is important, both for Ivory Coast, and our neighbours. This capacity is helping to build a stable and sustainable energy supply for the continued economic development of the region.
British Minister for Africa said: “Aggreko’s power plant in Abidjan is a great example of a British company successfully exporting innovation and its unique capabilities to Africa.
“I’ve been deeply impressed by the operations at the facility, seeing first-hand the benefits the project brings in terms of helping drive wider economic growth through robust power supplies and the training of West Africa’s next generation of energy sector professionals.”
Maintaining a strong reputation
According to Christophe Jacquin, Aggreko Managing Director, Africa Project Sales, the Ivorian electricity grid is recognised as best in class in Africa.
He added that the company will continue to support the Ivory Coast’s goal of becoming the energy hub of West Africa, with targets set to achieve 4,000MW of installed generation capacity by 2020.