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Aggreko extends Ivory Coast power project

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Aggreko has extended its Ivory Coast power project. PHOTO:

The temporary power and temperature control services provider said it may even extend the project by a further two years as the plant in Abidjan provides critical power to the Ivory Coast and surrounding countries.

“We are pleased to be extending the Aggreko project which forms an important part of our program of strengthening energy infrastructure across the country,” said Amidou Traore, director general of CI-Energies - a partner of Aggreko in the West African nation.

“The 200 megawatts supplied from the Aggreko plant is an important component of our energy generation mix and helps us maintain supply to our customers while we develop our long-term infrastructure programmes.”

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The facility, which was first installed in 2010 producing 70 MW was later increased in 2011 to 100 MW, and again in June 2013 to 200 MW.

Aggreko said that the Ivory Coast’s booming economy, and GDP growth of around nine per cent, has led to an increase in the demand for energy in recent years.

The plant injects vital capacity into the local grid and keeps essential infrastructure and services running while ensuring power supplies are maintained for business and domestic users.

Christophe Jacquin, managing director of Aggreko North and West Africa added, “Our project in Ivory Coast is a great example of the value Aggreko brings to its utility customers in Africa."

"Our solutions address shortages in power generation capacity, giving our customers the ability to maintain supply while they work to improve their systems,” he said.

The company added that the phenomenal growth rate of African economies has resulted in a strain on power generation.

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Large-scale interim power is therefore needed to ensure that these countries continue to meet their energy demands while governments and state utilities work on increasing their power generation capacity.