- A new deadline has been set for the commissioning of the hybrid solar/diesel generator power plant in Ndjolé, Gabon.
- This was confirmed during an inspection visit to the project site recently by the Gabonese Minister of Energy and Water, Mr Alain Claude Bilié By Nze.
The plant, located in Ndjolé in the province of Moyen-Ogooué in western Gabon, will increase the country’s installed capacity by 400 kW thanks to 1,445 solar panels and inverters “installed to the millimetre on the basis of a GPS plan on galvanised steel piles”.
The Ndjolé hybrid solar system was originally scheduled to go into operation in March 2020. Read more
The construction is more than a year behind schedule largely due to Covid. Once operational, the operation and maintenance of the Ndjolé plant will be carried out by the Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon (Seeg) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with the country’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation (CDC).
CDC, which is developing the hybrid solar project, is also financing the construction of an electricity transformer station and a 500 m long medium-voltage line.
CDC will build seven other power plants in Gabon as part of the “Zero Diesel” programme. The first five plants will be installed in the province of Ogooué Ivindo, namely in Bitam (850 kW), Makokou, Ovan, Mékambo and Booué. The other two plants will be built in Minvoul and Medouneu, in the province of Woleu Ntem. The eight facilities will have a combined capacity of 2.2 MW. Read more
Author: Bryan Groenendaal