Amea Power set to build 30MWp solar photovoltaic plant in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – UAE-based independent power producer (IPP) Amea Power has signed agreements to build a 30 MWp solar photovoltaic plant in Djibouti.

This will be done in the framework of a public-private partnership (PPP).

The agreement for the implementation and joint development of the project was signed on Monday, July 18, 2022, between the managers of Amea Power and Yonis Ali Guedi, the Djiboutian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

This was in the presence of the Djiboutian Head of State Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. Amea Power will develop its project in partnership with the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Djibouti (SDF).

The electricity produced will be sold to the state-owned company Électricité de Djibouti (EDD) under a power purchase agreement (PPA).

Djibouti’ has set an ambitious target for renewable energy and Amea Power is pleased to help the nation increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix.

East Africa is an important market for Amea Power, as it is a region with great potential for the development of clean, reliable and affordable energy,” says Hussain Al Nowais, president of Amea Power.

Currently, Djibouti has an installed capacity of 126 MW according to Power Africa. But only 57 MW are reliably available to serve a population estimated by the World Bank at 988,000 and its main industries. Recently, however, the government has decided to exploit Djibouti’s renewable energy potential, relying on IPPs.

This is the case of the French company Engie, which is building the 30 MWp Grand Bara solar park in a desert area south of Djibouti.

At the same time, the country’s first wind farm is being built by Siemens Gamesa, a subsidiary of the German giant Siemens, on behalf of Djibouti Wind Company.

Djibouti is also banking on its geothermal potential with the start of drilling in the Lake Assal area. In addition to electricity production, this East African country wants to exploit the natural heat of its subsoil for various uses, particularly in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

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