Ivory Coast: successful energy hub

In recent years, Côte d’Ivoire has stood out for a notable increase in its electricity coverage rate, which in a matter of a few years increased from 33.1% in 2011 to practically 80% at the end of 2020. With the aim of To make the sector more competitive, the country’s government opted for four plans that would entail an investment of FCFA 6,800 billion during the 2014-2030 period.

Added to these plans are the construction of several important infrastructures, including the development of the Soubré hydroelectric dam, the construction projects of the Gribo-Popoli hydroelectric dam, among other projects, such as the construction of a combined cycle thermal power plant “CIPREL 5” of 390 MW in Jacqueville and a natural gas plant in Azito.

The aforementioned infrastructures allowed the country to reach 2,229 MW of electricity production in the country in 2019, representing an increase of 60%.

All these changes in the sector have had remarkably positive effects on society; PRONER (National Rural Electrification Program) and PEPT (Electricity for All Program) were launched. These projects have contributed to the increase in electrified localities in the country, increasing from 2,847 in 2011 to 4,469 in 2017.

Ivory Coast authorities planning to make the country a sub-regional hub have reinforced its role as an energy hub. In this way, the energy production capacity of the Ivory Coast will double by 2030.

Future plans are just as favorable as previous results; The country’s objective is the electrification of all localities in the country before 2025.