IED selected for technical assistance to the PCCET for the construction of a 4MW biomass power plant in Ivory Coast

With proven specific expertise in the study, design, implementation and operation of biomass power plants, as well as the analysis of biomass resources and their sustainability, IED brings its technical expertise to the PCCET (Competitive Value Chains for Employment and Economic Transformation Project).

The power plant project consists of a 4MW unit using residues from cocoa, palm oil and possibly rubber processing as fuel. The particularity is that the plant will be built on an industrial site located in San Pedro that will process cocoa beans and benefit from a supply of electricity and heat. The client will be a project company in which the processing company will be involved; construction and operation will be entrusted to engineering and service companies with experience in projects of comparable size.  


The mission of IED is to carry out the preliminary technical studies, i.e. to verify the availability of the resource; to define the electrical and thermal producible in relation to the needs of the processing company; establish the technical principles of the design as well as the technical performances; quantify investments and draft the technical documentation of the tender documents; and assist the PCCET in the recruitment of a builder.

In addition to IED technical assistance, the PCCET has also recruited firms to address legal, tax and financial issues, as well as environmental impacts.

The start of the construction phase is expected in 2024 for commissioning before 2026.

Launch of Mauritania energy sector modelling by 2050

IED has recently started activities related to the project to model Mauritania's energy trajectory to 2050.

This project, supported by AFD, was launched by a mission to Nouakchott to meet all the sectors for which the theme of energy is central: transport, cooking, industries, mining, fishing, agriculture.

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A workshop gathering all sectors introduced a broad discussion on these themes. If today Mauritania's energy balance is dominated by traditional biomass and hydrocarbons, by 2050 the country's profile could be upset with the exploitation of its major natural gas resources and the production of green hydrogen through the development of the country's immense solar and wind potential.

IED and its partners Artelys and Tenmya are mandated to help the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of the Environment and SOMELEC to identify the 4 most potential energy trajectories by 2050. These trajectories will be analysed through the prism of access to clean energy, the CO2 emissions diminution, investment cost and sustainability of biomass resource exploitation.

The 1st power plant of self-production by biomass gasification built by IED Invest in Africa soon operational!

The Agrogazelec project, carried out with the support of the French Global Environement Facility (FFEM), has enabled the adaptation and transfer of the technology exploited by IED Invest in Cambodia to cashew hulls, with a view to develop the industrial sector in Africa.

A first pilot project, co-financed by the OCEF Facility of the Millenium Challenge Account - Benin II (MCA Benin II) aims to transform the cashew hulls of the Tolaro Global plant into electricity to meet the needs of the plant, and thus improve the competitiveness of the local processing sector and limit its impact on the environement.

The last equipment of the gasification plant have arrived on site and the installation of the plant will start up in the coming days.


Teams from Cambodia, Côte d'Ivoire and France will be mobilized to assemble the equipment and carry out commissioning tests in early May.

Although the technology is relatively simple and robust, good control of operation and maintenance are the key to ensuring a sustainable and efficient operation. The future managers of the operation and maintenance of the Tolaro power plant (4 Beninese engineers and technicians) went to Cambodia from 14 March to 2 April to be trained in operation in one of the plants operated by IED Invest in Cambodia, as part of the capacity building activities of the Agrogazelec project.


This training was provided by the Cambodian operation teams and IED Invest's gasification support service for Africa based in Côte d'Ivoire.


Submission of the Sao Tomé Green Energy Acceleration Plan to the Ministry of Energy


In February, IED and its partners TPF and GME, finalized the Power Sector Development Master Plan for the island of São Tomé that had been presented last October to the Ministry of Energy of Sao Tome.

Thanks to this document, the Government of São Tomé will be able to develop its electricity system in compliance with its commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, and improve the quality of supply while reducing the cost of electricity for end consumers.


The future electricity mix of Sao Tome optimized by the IED teams will be based on the development of the many hydroelectric sites present on the island as well as on the deployment of an ambitious solar program supplemented by storage and finally, by the transition of thermal power plants to natural gas. Natural gas has indeed been preferred to heavy fuel oil and diesel because it emits less CO2 and will allow a more competitive electricity cost.

By 2030, according to our experts' calculations, two-thirds of the electricity produced in Sao Tome will be renewable and this proportion will be maintained in the future until the horizon of the study: 2050.

The energy transition in Côte d'Ivoire underway!

As part of the "Energos II" program, aiming to rehabilitate Côte d'Ivoire's electricity sector and ensure its energy security in a sustainable way, IED organized in Grand-Bassam a training course from 20 to 24 February 2023, on the management of intermittency related to the integration of renewable energies into electricity systems.


The objective of this training is to strengthen the understanding and ability to assess the impacts related to the injection of intermittent energy into the electricity system and, ultimately, to maximize the penetration of renewable energies in Côte d'Ivoire.

The fifteen participants from the Directorate General of Energy (DGE), Côte d'Ivoire Energies, the National Regulatory Authority of the Electricity Sector of Côte d'Ivoire (ANARE-CI) and the European Union Cooperation Coordination Unit (CCCCI/EU) took all the training modules focusing in particular the operating methods of management and mitigation of intermittences, the economic and financial impacts induced and also the studies of integration of renewable energy sources applied from modeling and simulations.


Côte d'Ivoire is now ready to accelerate its energy transition!