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Liquefied natural gas: Senegal signs agreement to diversify energy mix

West African countries Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, sign agreements for the development of floating liquefied natural gas regasification untis. Pic credits: Astorship

In West Africa, Senegalese power utility Senelec, entered into a preliminary agreement with Qatar-based Nebras Power and Japanese power company Mitsui & Co, to build a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) regasification terminal and a 400MW gas power station.

Senelec said in a statement on Wednesday: “The objective of the Senegalese government is to boost the country’s growth by a steady power supply at a competitive cost.”

Reuters reported that Nebras is 60% controlled by Qatar Electricity and Water Company, 20% by Qatar Holding and 20% by Qatar Petroleum International.

Growing generation capacity

In Q3 2014, Senegal’s national utility Societe Nationale d’Electricite du Senegal signed a deal with international power generation company ContourGlobal to construct a 53MW thermal facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

With a $100 million investment, the new plant is designed to burn heavy fuel oil and natural gas and when completed in 2015 will be the lowest-cost liquid fuel and natural gas-fired power plant in Senegal.

ContourGlobal will install Wartsila 18V46 high efficiency engines, a technology that has been used by ContourGlobal in Togo and Rwanda. The engines will be coupled with a steam turbine technology known as ‘flexi-cycle’ to increase the generation capacity, thereby further reducing the cost of electricity.

Gas to power West Africa

This follows other news this week that privately owned independent power development and generation company Endeavour Energy, supported by global private equity firm Denham Capital, entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Independent Power Producer Starenergie2073 to develop the 375MW Songon gas-to-power project near Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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