Côte d’Ivoire is speeding up work on the expansion of the country’s thermal power stations. The Azito complex, one of the largest power generation plants in Côte d’Ivoire, continues to ramp up after the commissioning of a new unit which is to add 253 megawatts (MW) of capacity, bringing total production to 710 MW. The Azito Energie SA plant – a subsidiary of Britain’s Globeleq and the Ivorian group IPS West Africa – will thus produce nearly 30% of the total power installed in Côte d’Ivoire.
This first phase of extension, called phase IV, of Azito will have mobilized a total investment of 217 billion CFA francs (330 million euros) out of which nine financial institutions including Proparco, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB) or the International Fund of OPEC development participated. The costs have been readjusted since, when the work was launched in 2019, the envelope had been evaluated at 170 billion CFA francs.
Azito versus Atinkou, the match between thermal power plants in Côte d’Ivoire