28MW Farahantsana Hydroelectric Power Station Commissioned in Madagascar

  • The 28MW Farahantsana hydroelectric power station in Madagascar has been commissioned.
  • The facility is located in the commune of Mahitsy in the Analamanga region.  

Construction was carried out by Société de construction et de bâtiment (SCB) and Sogea Satom, a subsidiary of the French group Vinci. The power plant is equipped with four Francis turbines with a capacity of 7 MW each, making combined capacity of 28 MW.

The Farahantsana plant draws 66 m3 of water per second from the Ikopa River on a nominal head of about 42 m and generates an annual output of 135 GWh of electricity, enough to cover the average consumption of about 2,750,000 inhabitants, i.e. 65% of the population of Antananarivo.

The power plant project was developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement. The electricity produced is sold to the public utility Jiro sy rano malagasy (JIRAMA).

“This new infrastructure marks a new stage in Madagascar’s journey towards emergence through energy transition and the country’s production capacity,” said President Andry Rajoelina.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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