On Thursday, GE announced that it has signed two deals to build energy systems in Benin and upgrade three substations in Cote d’Ivoire.
The energy company noted in a statement that in Benin 85% of electricity utilised is currently imported from neighbouring countries.
To strengthen the country’s grid and manage electricity losses that result during energy transmission, GE will design and supply the first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) in Benin for the Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) and undertake the rehabilitation of substations and telecommunication infrastructure at the National Distribution Control Center in Cotonou.
Part of GE’s Digital Energy portfolio, ADMS is engineered with adaptive algorithms and predictive analytics to help utilities operate the grid more efficiently and enable automation. The system will be able to predict issues, identify the faults on the grid, and propose a restoration plan.
“The Distribution Management System (ADMS) will help optimise energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimise shortages,” said the National Coordinator for MCA-Benin II.
“This project is aligned with the government’s ambition to efficiently manage the generation from power plants, microgrids, and other grid infrastructure to improve the quality, efficiency, and availability of power to our customers. This system will also help manage the security and maintain control of the grid.”
Under this contract, GE will rehabilitate and expand three 225kV substations in Ferke, Man and Taabo. This project will help improve the electricity supply in the northern, western and central part of Côte d’Ivoire.
“With about 90% of the country’s population having access to electricity and the growing demand for energy, limited distribution systems cause a total energy loss of approximately 20% annually. There is a need to rehabilitate and strengthen the country’s grid infrastructure,” said
“This project will improve the power capacities of Ferke, Man and Taabo substations to help mitigate total energy losses and provide the reliability needed to limit the total unavailability of these critical substations,” he added.
“Energy is a key component for on-going development in sub-Saharan Africa. With only 45% of electrification rates in many countries in the region, it is critical to