The Senegalese Minister of Water and Sanitation, H.E. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, has announced that 200 Malian, Mauritanian and Senegalese communities now have access to electricity thanks to an $81.5 million rural electrification project financed by the Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS).
According to Tamsir Ndiaye, Director General of OMVS, the organization plans to “do everything to increase the maximum production to be distributed at the level of the Member States of the OMVS to increase the supply and enable these States not only to have sufficient current but also cheaper current.”
The project is connected to a hydroelectric power station in Manantali, which is 300 Km away from Mali’s capital city.
In addition to Senegal’s hydroelectric dams, Félou, Gouina and Manantali, OMVS plans to add solar power to its energy mix. According to Ndiaye, the introduction of solar power will increase electricity capacity and save water from the Senegal River which will be used for agriculture and the restoration of ecosystems.
The OMVS is an intergovernmental development organization that brings together Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and Guinea to work together in managing the Senegal River watershed. The organization has two objectives, which are to increase electricity production and to save the water of the Senegal River for other uses like agriculture, drinking water for populations and the restoration of ecosystems, among others.