A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed for the construction of a 13 MW hybrid solar power plant for Grande Côte Opération in Senegal.
The MoU was signed by Grande Côte Opérations (GCO), a subsidiary of the Eramet Group, and the largest single dredge mineral sands operation in the world, with CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), a blended finance facility investing project finance into mini-grid portfolios in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As per the agreement, CrossBoundary Energy and its implementation partner Juwi Holding AG will design, build and operate the solar power plant, which also has a planned 8 MW battery storage.
Expectations for the solar power plant for Grande Côte Opération project
Dedicated to the Diogo industrial site in the north-western region of Senegal for the production of mineral sands, this solar power station is set for completion in early 2023.
All the energy produced will be distributed to the GCO network through a 15-year distribution contract. The energy will help improve the companies carbon footprint and reinforce its ISO 50001 approach.
This in turn contributes to GCOs’ commitment to climate, and Eramet Group’s objective (Science Based Targets – SBT) of reducing the CO 2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) of its activities by 40% before the end of 2035.
CEO of Grande Côte Operations remarks
Guillaume Kurek, the CEO of Grande Côte Operations reiterated that clean, renewable, and available energy from this hybrid solar power plant will contribute to GCO’s environmental and economic.
“This concrete commitment to low-carbon energy reflects the values and ambition of the GCO and Eramet Group teams to provide solutions to the vital climate challenge and to living well together,” explained the CEO.