The state-owned company Côte d’Ivoire Energies (CI-Energies) has obtained finance from the French Development Agency (AFD) to implement the construction (EPC) of the 20 MW Kossou floating solar power plant. To this end, it is launching a call for tenders for the project.
The facility which is one in the series of planned utility-scale floating solar projects by the Côte d’Ivoire government, will be constructed on the reservoir of the 174MW Kossou hydroelectric plant, located in central Ivory Coast.
The call for expressions of interest to execute the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the floating solar PV project is open until March 29, 2022.
The winning bidder will also be responsible for the construction of the associated transmission and connection network.
Additionally, the selected company will maintain the floating solar power plant. The Ivorian government is looking to implement various renewable energy programs with the support of international development finance institutions and private investors.
The Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies (MPEER) earlier launched a tender for the construction of two solar plants with a combined capacity of 60 MW in Laboa and Touba, in the north-eastern part of the country.
The renewable energy projects are set to help increase the country’s power generation capacity and diversify its energy mix.
The country’s installed power generation capacity of about 2,230 MW comes mostly from fossil fuel sources like oil and natural gas.
The country targets to have an electrification rate of 99% by 2035 and produce 42% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by the same year.