Morocco’s Themis Power and French group Eiffage will construct the Singrobo dam and hydroelectric power station in Côte d’Ivoire.
Themis recently issued a Full Notice to Proceed to the project’s contractor, Eiffage, which was awarded the contract to build the Singrobo hydroelectric dam in October 2018. The project will require a total investment of $2.2 million.
To be commissioned in 2023, the project is being developed Ivoire Hydro Energy consortium owned by Themis (backed by Denham Capital), Africa Finance Corporation and IHE Holding in a public and private partnership. The turnkey design and construction contract signed by the Eiffage Group calls for the construction of a 23,50m high and 1,374m long mixed rockfill and concrete dam, which will form a 105 million m3 reservoir.
“Singrobo will provide 217 GWh of affordable electricity per year to industries, businesses and local communities, reduce carbon emissions by 124,000 tons per year and create around 500 jobs during construction,” says Themis. According to the company, based in Casablanca, Morocco, the Singrobo hydropower project has been designed to avoid and minimize negative environmental and social impacts, “in accordance with the operational guarantees of the African Development Bank and the performance standards of the International Finance Corporation.”
The dam will be built on the Bandama river between Abidjan and Yamoussoukro in the villages of Singrobo and Ahouaty. The storage tank will be used to fuel the turbines of a 44 MW power plant. The electricity will be sold to the Ivorian national power utility, Cienergues, under a 35-year power purchase agreement.