• Senegal continues drive to increase electricity provision to its population

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Senegal’s power sector is expanding rapidly, as a report from the Financial Times has described. The current president, Macky Sall, has placed a strong emphasis on power generation since coming to office in 2012, and one of the products of that has been the 86 MW Cap des Biches power station, outside of Dakar, which since coming online in 2016 has been producing 10% of the country’s electricity. When the country begins to produce gas from recently discovered offshore gasfields, scheduled for the 2020s, the plan is to switch the Cap des Biches plant from running on heavy fuel oil to gas. Meanwhile, the country currently has about 10% of its electricity being produced from solar power, and with further solar and wind energy to come, that figure will rise to around 20% by the end of next year. According to Faheen Allibhoy, the International Finance Corporation (the commercial arm of the World Bank) country representative for Senegal, this 20% share will mean that the grid will be “reaching the technical limits” for shares of renewables, which will then present a new host of challenges for the country. Senegal has one of the higher rates of domestic access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, with 88 % of urban and 40% of rural people enjoying access (making 61% of the country overall).