Congo government launches work on hybrid solar power plant

CONGO –  The government of Congo has launched construction works on a hybrid solar power plant in Impfondo, Likouala region.

The 3.4MW solar power project will be undertaken by Produits de construction de Brazzaville (Procob), a subsidiary of the Belgian company ABC Contracting.

Produits de construction de Brazzaville will implement this project in several phases and the solar part of the installation will cover a fenced area of 11 hectares.

Procob will install 11,520 solar panels with a capacity of 6,480 kVa and the installation of the solar power plant will take 10 months.

However, the cost of this installation which is being financed by the Congolese public treasury has not been revealed, but Procob estimates that the thermal part of the project will require an investment of US$5.29 million.

Procob will also ensure the construction of a 20 kV evacuation line, as well as the extension of the electricity distribution grid by at least 7.5 km.

“Congo has an installed power capacity of 650 MW and the rate of access to electricity is 68.5% in major cities and 5% in rural areas”

World Bank

The Brazzaville-based company will rehabilitate and extend the existing low-voltage grid in the town of Impfondo, and the 3.4 MW hybrid solar power plant will be delivered before the end of December 2021.

The project will secure access to electricity in the town of Impfondo.

Currently, the households and businesses in the main town of Likouala are supplied with electricity by generators belonging to the National Electricity Company (SNE).

For several years now, the company has been struggling to supply its generators with fuel and as a result, its subscribers have had to suffer load shedding.

Impfondo’s situation is symptomatic of the situation in other Congolese localities.

The country has an installed capacity of 650 MW.

According to the World Bank’s 2018 report, the rate of access to electricity in Congo is 68.5% and while the situation has improved in recent years in large cities such as Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, rural areas are still lagging behind, with an access rate to electricity of only 5%.

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