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Tender for 32 MW solar project in Chad

Chad: A tender seeking an engineering company for a planned 32 MW solar plant in Chad has been published by UK-based Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and French company Smart Energies International.

The planned power plant marks the first phase of a 60 MW Djermaya solar project, located 30 km north of the capital, N’Djamena, developed by the Aldwych Africa Developments unit of UK-based InfraCo Africa – itself part of PIDG – and French renewables developer Smart Energies International.

Development of the project will be phased to gradually integrate renewable power into Chad’s national grid. The project is under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Société Nationale d’Electricité, Chad’s national utility company.

The plant includes PV modules mounted on single-axis trackers, inverters, and step-up transformers. The interconnection infrastructure includes an 18 km 33 kV aerial double-circuit transmission line, two 33 / 90 kV step-up transformers at the Lamadji substation, and a 4.0 MWh battery energy storage system located on the project site.

The project will be the first privately owned utility-scale renewable energy project in Chad and will play a leading role in achieving the country’s national development goals, liberalising the energy sector, mobilising private investment, and promoting the development of renewable energy.

The African Development Bank is backing the project with a $21 M (€18 M) loan and partial risk guarantee.

Source: ESI Africa