End of digitalization of distribution networks in NIGELEC's urban centres

After 18 months of fieldwork, the digitalization phase of NIGELEC's urban distribution networks has been finalised by the IED team and its partner in october 2020.

Operated with the support of NIGELEC and with the help of high-performance mobile equipment, all network equipment in the cities of Niamey, Diffa, Dosso, Tahoua, Agadez, Maradi, Zinder and  Tillaberi  has been geo-referenced and consolidated into a geographic information system (GIS) to facilitate network monitoring and maintenance.

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These digitalization operations have enabled the mapping of more than 1200 km of medium voltage lines and 3800 km of low voltage lines with their electrical characteristics as well as 256,000 meters. Through the visualization application developed for this purpose, NIGELEC will have a powerful and comprehensive network monitoring tool that will ultimately simplify network maintenance and reinforcement operations.

Official validation of the studies of the small hydroelectric power plant in Bafang, Cameroon (3.4MW)

The detailed studies of the Bafang small hydroelectric power plant (3.4 MW) project on the Mouankeu River in Cameroon's western region which begun at the end of November 2018 were in the final stages of completion in August 2019. In February 2020, IED presented its study and its main findings to UNIDO, sponsor of the study.

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After the pandemic period, it was finally by videoconference that the official validation meeting was held on 27 July 2020, bringing together the main key players of electricity in Cameroon (MINEE, ENEO, ARSEL, AER), the municipality of Bafang as well as the other ministries and institutions. The main findings have been validated and the next step considered at this stage will be the drafting and diffusion for launching a tender offer to call for applications to select a potential investor to develop the site as an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

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Injecting energy into the grid will significantly improve the quality of service by significantly reducing voltage drops and ensuring continuity of service. Local businesses and industries, such as the new Neo cocoa plant, will also be beneficiaries.

ECLER IVOIRE - the first infrastructures come out of the ground

Activity is intensifying on ECLER IVOIRE construction site.

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Executive work files are validated leading the path for construction works !

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The SAGEMCOM and IED teams (which provides mastery of the project) are working hard to catch up with the delays caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. They sometimes have to deal with the elements, such as wandering river streams flooding the slopes. Despite these hazards, the first technical infrastructures of photovoltaic power plants came out of the ground and the networks are being materialized in the first localities: the poles were delivered and the workers are preparing their implementation.

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After achieving feasibility studies for the ECLER Ivoire project for 22 rural communities in Côte d'Ivoire in 2019, IED is now taking over as prime contractor. At the beginning of August, the perimeter changed slightly as two villages in the northern zone were facing security issues were replaced by 3 new sites. Today, the study phase is almost complete and the various players are focusing themselves on the same goal : to put the networks into service in April 2021.

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Benin: mobile money to be connected to electricity!

PRERA3The PRERA project in Benin aims the access to electricity for 50,000 new subscribers to the national electricity operator, SBEE - about 800,000 beneficiaries who will directly benefit from electricity for their domestic, social (health, education, etc.) and economic needs, in Calavi, near Cotonou, and in 80 villages in the Atlantic department.

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In addition to its role as prime contractor for the supervision of works (posts and HT lines, distribution works, etc.), IED is in charge of the social intermediation of the project, or how to connect as much households, infrastructures and economic actors as possible to electricity.

After sending more than 30,000 customers between 2018 and mid-2020, IED launched its innovative mobile money connection collection solution last August, in partnership with the two Benin mobile operators MTN and MOOV. After a one-month test phasis, from a pilot zone of about 1,000 future subscribers, more than 10 million CFA francs (about 15,000 euros) were collected, or a large hundred people ready to have a meter installed (prepayment) and to be connected. This is promising, and it gives the green light to expand the mobile money solution to all the beneficiaries of the project!

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IED launches the National Electrification Strategy for Benin

Building on the company’s long history of electrification and planning work in Benin, IED was selected by the Ministry of Energy to complete the country’s National Electrification Strategy (2020-2035). The Government of Benin has committed to achieving 100% access to household electricity services by 2035.  However, despite significant developments in the power sector in recent years, electrification progress has lagged behind the country’s ambitions. The most recent estimates suggest that 58 % of households have direct access to electricity services in urban areas, with this share falling to just 8% in rural areas.

The National Electrification Strategy therefore aims to unlock the electrification potential of Benin by putting into place the conditions that allow the country’s electrification stakeholders to accelerate connections both on- and off-grid. The project mobilises a multi-disciplinary team of Beninese and international planners, engineers, and legal and financial experts who will work closely with local stakeholders to identify and propose solutions to the most critical financial, regulatory, institutional and technical obstacles to electrification in Benin.

The six-month project will be coordinated by the General Directorate of Energy Resources at the Ministry of Energy.  The project was launched on August 28th, 2020 via video-conference with representatives from all of the major electricity sector stakeholders, and will proceed in three phases: situational analysis, strategy development, and implementation planning. The final results of the study are expected to be delivered in a series of workshops and training sessions in the first quarter of 2021.