19 February 2013 – Cote d’Ivoire will reinforce electricity supply to Benin and Togo with an annual supply of 138 GWh of electricity to the two countries.
Cote d’Ivoire energy minister Adama Toungara says that during peak hours, the country will supply 10 MW, 15 MW during working days and 20 MW during weekends.
Currently, Cote d’Ivoire supplies electricity to Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana which in turn supplies energy to Benin and Togo.
With the expected construction of Soubre hydroelectric dam in south-west Cote d’Ivoire at a cost of US$675 million which will be funded up to 85% by China, the country’s energy output is expected to reach 1,400 MW and this will enable it to export electricity to other west African countries such as Guinea and Liberia.
Construction work on Soubre hydroelectric dam is scheduled to begin in February 2013 and be completed by the end of 2017.