Senegal has unveiled a new power station to provide power to 100,000 people.
Cap des Biches is a dual-fuel 53MW power plant which uses combined cycle technology to maximise efficiency and minimise costs.
Once operational it will help to keep up with the country’s 5% – 8% annual growth in electricity demand, which is currently a major development constraint.
According to IFC, a member of the World Bank which provided part of the funding, Senegal needs to generate an additional 135MW of electricity to meet current demand.
The project is part of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which aims to add 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000MW of power to Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project was developed and will be operated by US firm ContourGlobal.