In international news, French companies, Orange and ENGIE have signed a partnership to develop two projects – the expansion of the rural electricity grid and ENGIE’s “optimisation of energy supplied to Orange’s telecoms infrastructure in Africa.”
ENGIE, a multinational power utility, currently supplies 760MW of power in Africa and aims to become one of the major energy leaders on the continent by 2025. To reinforce its position as the leading independent producer of electricity in Africa, ENGIE has created a dedicated business unit with approximately 100 employees.
The partnership has a strong base as Orange, an international telecoms company, already has a significant presence in 19 countries across Africa and the Middle East; ENGIE bring it’s know-how as an international player in the energy sector to the agreement.
According to a company statement, Orange was keen to be part of the this project, which seeks to expand the electricity grid in Africa, while utilising ENGIE’s expertise at encouraging responsible power consumption on the continent.
ENGIE will boost Orange telecommunication infrastructure
The execution of the partnership will pilot a variety of domestic power supply solutions for rural populations developed by ENGIE and Orange, with Orange then marketing these solutions to the rural population.
These might include individual solar kits and small-scale as well as local electricity networks, which could then be “billed via mobile using Orange Money.”
Both the companies are official partners of COP21. By signing the deal the companies reiterate their willingness to use their technological knowledge to achieve sustainable progress and economic social development in Africa.