SENEGAL: Fonroche wins €121 million contract for 67,000 solar streetlights

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SENEGAL: Fonroche wins a €121m contract for 67,000 solar streetlights © Benjamin Umba

French company Fonroche Lighting has won a new contract to supply and install 67,000 solar-powered streetlights in several localities in Senegal. This new project will mobilize 121 million euros of investment.

Fonroche Lighting wins a new order in West Africa. The company based in Lot-et-Garonne (France) has just signed a contract with the Senegalese Ministry of Finance and Budget. This is a new contract for the supply and installation of 67,000 solar street lamps throughout Senegal.

The solar streetlights will be installed as part of a program implemented by the National Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER), under the aegis of the Senegalese Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, aimed at expanding the use of solar street lighting throughout the country. As part of its contract, Fonroche will install streetlights in 256 localities, at a rate of 1,200 installations per week.

A total investment of 121 million euros

The work, which will be spread over three years, is scheduled to begin in October 2022. According to the Senegalese government, this public lighting project should benefit 6 million people. It should also mobilize no less than 121 million euros of investment. This financing will be provided by the Senegalese government via the French banks BPIfrance and Société Générale.

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“This is a new distinction for Fonroche Lighting, which marks the beginning of a year rich in projects. This new major project in Senegal is the continuation of several years of activity and investment in the country,” says Laurent Lubrano, Fonroche Lighting’s Managing Director.

The French company has already won in 2018 a first contract of 57 billion CFA francs (nearly 87 million euros) from the Senegalese government for the supply and installation of 50,000 solar streetlights in several cities in the country. The company, which has 180 employees, is expanding its activities in Africa with a €22 million contract won in Benin in 2019. In recent years, Fonroche has also installed its solar streetlights in Mali and Cameroon.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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