Senegal: 55 million Dollars for a coal-fired power station

30 November 2009

The African Development Bank (BAD) has approved a loan of 55 million Dollars to finance the construction of a coal-fired electricity generating station in Senegal.

This is to be constructed at Sendou, near Dakar, and the work will be spread over two years.

Demand for electricity in Senegal always outstrips supply.

The BAD has pointed out that demand is continuing to grow at an annual rate of seven to eight percent. The aim of the power plant is to bridge the gap between supply and demand, with a capacity of 125 MW and an annual production of 925 GW of electricity.

The country will also be benefiting from electricity from the Felou dam on the River Senegal, work on which started at the beginning of November 2009 and will continue for three years.

The hydroelectric dam will have a capacity of 59 Megawatts, a quarter of which will be destined for Senegal, while the remainder of production will be divided between Mali and Mauritania.<br/>

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