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Côte d'Ivoire is a net exporter of electricity and currently has installed electric generation capacity of 0.89 gigawatts. In 2002, exports of electricity to neighboring countries totaled 1.6 TWh. Until 1959, electric power generation was entirely thermal, using imported oil. Since then, however, substantial efforts have been undertaken to develop Côte d'Ivoire's hydroelectric potential, and by 2002, hydroelectricity supplied about 75% of electrical demand. In addition to hydroelectric power, Côte d’Ivoire has thermal generating facilities to provide all of its electrical power. Although hydropower accounts for around two-thirds of its generating capacity, it accounts for less than half of the power generated. In 2002, an estimated 4.8 TWh of electric power was generated, of which 38% was hydroelectric and 62% thermal. Gas powered stations alone generated more than half of the total power produced the use of natural gas fueled power stations has also made Côte d'Ivoire into an exporter of electricity.

Some of the client-countries connected to the Ivoirian power grid include Benin, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Côte d’Ivoire’s distribution system comprises around 15 000 km of line, operating at 33 and 15 kV. Despite efforts to electrify rural areas, at least 7000 villages in Côte d'Ivoire are still without electricity.

Demand for electricity in Côte d'Ivoire is expected to grow at about 10% per annum, with additional capacity required in the near future to match growth and replace obsolete or inefficient equipment.

Côte d’Ivoire Electricity Utilities

Compangnie Ivoirienne d’Electricite (CIE) is the sole supplier of power, and manages, not only the government-owned generating plants, but also the transmission and distribution of power. The CIE, jointly owned by EDF and SAUR, has been trading with the Volta River Authority (Ghana) since February 1984 and exports electricity to Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Plans & Projects

  • Compagnie Ivoirienne de Production d'Electricite (CIPREL), one of the first independent power producer (IPP) projects in sub-Saharan Africa, has been developed under the joint management of EDF and SAUR. The project has added an additional 210 MW of gas-fired generating capacity to the national grid.
  • A project that aims to electrify 100 villages in Côte d’Ivoire has been awarded to Clemessy, a French electricity and transport company. As part of a rural electrification program, rural communities are being connected to the distribution system, making increasingly large numbers of isolated diesel units obsolete.
  • Construction of hydroelectric power stations in Côte d’Ivoire over rivers Bandama, Cavallly, Comoe and Sassandra. Project start day is March 2009 and its lifespan is around 30 years. It is to be executed by Agence de Developpment des Energies Renouvables en Côte d’Ivoire. The aim of the project is to producelece tricity from hydroelectric dams to reinforce the sector’s capacities in the country.

Key Figures

  • Electricity produced: 5.275 billion KWh (2007)
  • Electricity consumed: 3.231 billion KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Exported: 772 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Imported: 0 KWh (2008)

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