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Togo low-carbon power supply agreement could include hydropower

Globeleq, an independent power producer in sub-Saharan Africa, has signed a joint development agreement with the Togolese government to develop a utility-scale renewable energy project.

Under the terms of the agreement, Globeleq and the Togolese government intend to develop between 24 MW and 30 MW of reliable, low cost and 100% renewable energy capacity to support Togo’s industrial development policy. The project could take the form of a pure hydropower plant, a combined hydropower and solar power plant, or a solar power plant with large capacity battery storage.

The development area of the project would be between Kara and Dapaong depending on the technological choice made and will be connected to the Kara-Mango-Dapaong transmission line currently under construction.

The agreement was signed in December 2019, and the project will be developed on a PPP (public-private partnership) model. It forms part of the National Development Plan 2018-2022 and is a manifestation of the government of Togo’s desire to increase economic relations with the United Kingdom.

“We are delighted to be working with the Togolese government on this innovative project.,” said Globeleq Chief Executive Officer Mike Scholev. “It will bring new low-carbon power generation to northern Togo and promote development and growth in the region.

The Togolese Minister of Mines and Energy, Dèdèriwè Ably-Bidamon, said: “Togo is resolutely committed to the promotion of renewable energies to ensure its energy independence and guarantee the low prices necessary for the industrial and job-creating policy desired by the President of the Republic. We are delighted to be able to move forward on this path with the support of Globeleq and, through it, of the British government.”

According to the Sustainable Energy for All website, the rate of access to electricity in Togo was 35% in 2016, up from 17% in 2020, but there are huge disparities between urban areas (access rate 87%) and rural areas (access rate 7%).

This article was adapted from one originally published on the ESI-Africa website.