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British independent power producer (IPP) Savannah Energy has planned to install 500 MW of renewables comprising solar and wind projects in Chad. The IPP has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Chad for the roll-out of three renewable energy projects in the country.
Savannah Energy will be developing two solar plants with battery storage facilities in Chad. The first solar power plant will be set up in Kome in the Logone Oriental region to power operations of the Doba Oil project. The IPP has also planned to build another solar power facility with a battery storage system and the same amount of wind energy to generate power for the capital, N’Djamena.
In January, Savannah reportedly paid $626 million to ExxonMobil and Petronas to acquire interests in Chad and Cameroon, including a 75% stake in the Doba Oil Project. The solar farm at Kobe will be equipped with a storage system to reduce the impact of intermittency related to solar PV energy generation.
The Kome solar facility is expected to go into commercial operation in 2025 and will also power nearby towns of Doba and Moundou. The facility at 300 MW, would be one of the largest solar projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
The solar PV plant and the wind farm of 100 MW each in N’Djamena are expected to get commissioned between 2025 and 2026. The financing for these facilities is planned to get complete between 2023 and 2024.
The signing ceremony for these renewable projects was held in N’Djamena and was attended by Djerassem le Bemadjiel, Chad’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mark Matthews, Ambassador of the UK to the Republic of Chad, Andrew Knott, CEO of Savannah Energy, and Sarah Wilson, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, N’Djamena.
Minister Bemadjiel, commented, “We are delighted to work with Savannah on these two potentially transformational power projects for Chad. Our county is blessed with significant renewable energy resources and we are excited that a leading British company such as Savannah is seeking to harness these resources to provide utility-scale power to our country.”
CEO of Savannah Energy, Andrew Knott said, these renewable projects represent a major vote of confidence in Chad by Savannah. The solar and wind projects have a significant potential to contribute to a transformative change in Chad’s GDP in upcoming years, as well as bring the quality of life benefits associated with access to the regular power supply in the regions.