- The West African Development Bank (BOAD) is loaning €23 million to the Malian government for the construction of the Kourouba mini-hydro plant, located 90 km from the capital Bamako.
- The facility is expected to have a capacity of 3.9 MW and will provide electricity to about 20,000 people.
- Construction of the facility will start this year.
The new generation facility will be equipped with 12 “Very Low Head” type turbines. The project involves the construction of the hydropower station on the Kourouba weir, the construction of the associated 33 kV power transmission line as well as the electrification of the towns of Kourouba, Gouala and Tiakadougou Faraba.
The construction of the Kourouba mini-hydro plant is part of the €46.2 million BOAD-financed Solar Rural Electrification Project (PERS) in Mali. The initiative aims to electrify 70 rural communities with stand-alone solar systems and support access to financial services for productive use of energy. Its implementation will benefit approximately 311,000 rural residents in six regions of Mali.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal