Technical assistance
Bio electricity. N/A  N/A



Development of an electrical production unit recycling waste from the industrial processing of cashew nuts

Country : Côte d'Ivoire
Start Date : 01 March 2016
Completion Date : June 2022
Value of services : 610 000 €
Funder : AFD (French Development Agency)
Associate/Partner : N/A
Description :
The development of cashew nuts is an important activity for Côte d'Ivoire (350 000 tonnes of raw nuts and only 10% processed locally). Nitidae (formerly RONGEAD), which is very involved in these developments with the Ministry of Agriculture and URJA NISHATI, who has an in-depth knowledge of the rural electrification sector, have applied for a grant from AFD's FISONG to develop this pilot production project from the processing shells of cashew nuts. The Agro-industrial Group OLAM, whose Ivorian subsidiary operates industrial processing units, is disposed to host the production pilot on its site in Bouake and to provide biomass.

The project’s areas of work are the following ones:
- Study of the context in which the project is implemented (Côte d’Ivoire’s evolving energy market and institutional framework, cashew nut market; An industrial solution is proposed and a partnership with an Operator is established to develop a first unit);
- Technical study of the project to reach 1MW and financial arrangement of the project;
- Power plant construction and operation.
Description of the Actual Services Provided IED is a subcontractor for URJA-NISHATI as to:
- Technical-economic and context studies;
- The institutional set-up, in particular the production regulatory positioning (IPP or self-producer) and the negotiation with the authorities on purchase price of electricity production;
- The setting-up of the project company (SPV) and the financial set-up by seeking from the banks, supplements to the subsidies and funds from investors (IED Invest and industrial partner);
- Project Management Assistance (SPV) for the construction and assistance to the operation of the plant.