Djibouti – French IPP Engie’s 30MW Grand Bara Solar PV Project Gets Approval

  • The Djiboutian government has approved and validated phase one of the Grand Bara solar photovoltaic power project in the Council of Ministers meeting held on 18 May 2020.
  • The approval was based on the adoption of a preliminary assessment that aims to materialize the completion of the construction project.
  • The project forms part of the E360 million Grand Bara project which will have a total of 300MW generation capacity from multiple technologies.
  • The project is being developed, built and operated by the French energy company Engie as part of a public-private partnership (PPP).

The preliminary phase of the project will have a capacity of 30MW and aims to increase the power supply in order to meet the electricity demand of the country. The energy produced will be fed into the grid of the state-owned company Electricité de Djibouti (EDD).

“This project will increase the national production capacity to meet the country’s electricity demand. It is in line with our country’s sustainable and social development objectives and will help create many jobs,” the Djiboutian presidency said.

The project also forms part the Djiboutian government strategy for the development of renewable energies to reduce its electricity imports from Ethiopia.

Related news: The Government of Djibouti has given its approval for the construction of the Ghoubet wind farm. Siemens Gamesa was recently given the the go ahead to construct the new wind farm. Read more 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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