GABON: Amea Power to negotiate a 50 MWp solar power plant in Oyem

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GABON: Amea Power sets up shop and negotiates a 50 MWp solar power plant in Oyem ©Ministère de la Promotion des investissements du Gabon

The Emirati independent power producer (IPP) Amea Power is holding talks with the Gabonese authorities to build a 50 MWp solar power plant in Oyem.

After the French Total Eren, it is the turn of the Emirati Amea Power to express its desire to invest in solar energy in Gabon. Hussain Al Nowais, the group’s CEO, recently met in Libreville with Carmen Ndaot, Gabon’s Minister for Investment Promotion, Public-Private Partnerships and the Improvement of the Business Environment.

The Emirati Independent Power Producer (IPP) wants to invest in Gabon with a 50 MWp solar power plant in Oyem, the capital of the Woleu-Ntem province, in its sights. According to Gabon Review, the site chosen to house this solar power plant is located 7 km from the city center and near the substation built to supply the province with electricity. The future solar power plant will thus increase Gabon’s installed capacity, while providing clean energy to households in the provinces of Woleu-Ntem and Ogooué-Ivindo, as well as to its industries.

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For its part, Total Eren, the subsidiary of the French oil company TotalEnergies, will build a solar power plant near the capital Libreville, with an expected capacity of 50 MWp. The authorities of this Central African country estimate that Total Eren’s solar power plant will save 22 million liters of fuel oil per year, or 59,092 tons of CO2 over the same period. With an installed capacity of 750 MW, Gabon produces half of its electricity from fossil sources, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Amea Power, which is eyeing the Gabonese renewable energy market, has already successfully completed several solar projects in sub-Saharan Africa. In Togo, for example, IPP operates a 50 MWp solar power plant in Blitta, in the center of the country. The group has a portfolio of projects in Mali, Chad and Uganda.

Jean Marie Takouleu


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