Senegal: State acquires a power station
14 April 2010
In order to establish better control over the development and access to electricity in Senegal, the State is going to acquire the power station of its independent energy producing partner GTI.
An agreement was signed on Wednesday 7 April by the two parties, as reported by the daily Sud Quotidien.
At a press conference on Monday 18 January 2010, M. Kane, the Director General of the national electricity company (Senelec) explained that “the State is envisaging the possibility of acquiring this power station in order to provide more assistance and to be able to develop the capacity of this power station.”
Senegal’s ambition is to allow for access to electricity by 2012 of a least 50% of Senegal’s rural households.
It was also with this aim in sight that at the end of March a hybrid “mini power station” was opened at Thies. This will allow electricity to be provided to the 900 inhabitants of the village.
A first in the sector of micro-energy, this combines three types of energy: Wind power, solar power, and fossil fuel.