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Côte d’Ivoire: Azito power plant to increase generation capacity

Azito Energie and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed an agreement for  technical improvements to be implemented at the Azito combined cycle power plant near Abidjan.

African IPP, Globeleq, and parent company of Azito Energie made the announcement today.

The improvements will increase the plant capacity and efficiency, improve the availability of the plant and reduce CO2 emissions.

Azito Energie’s Chairman and COO of Globeleq, Mike Scholey, commented: “Azito has been an ever present cornerstone of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity sector since 1999, and is today one of the largest and most efficient thermal power plants in West Africa.

“The upgrade is scheduled to occur from the first half of 2018 to end of 2019.”

Azito power plant

The existing power plant has an installed capacity of 430MW and already plays an important part in the sector, supplying around 25% of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity.

Once the technical improvements have been made, the plant’s capacity will increase by around 30MW adding much needed electricity to the national grid, the firm explained in a statement. Read more…

In November, Azito selected General Electric (GE) to upgrade two gas turbines at its combined-cycle power plant through hardware upgrade and digital solutions.

GE claims that its digital solutions will help increase the Azito power plant’s output by up to 30MW and will equip the power producer with the insight it needs to increase efficiency and improve operations at the power plant.

With planned annual production of 3,130 GWh, the technical improvements will increase the efficiency of the power plant.

This will mitigate the production of approximately 420,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the life span of the plant.

The enhancements will also extend the lifetime of equipment, requiring less inspections and improving the plant’s availability.


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.