12:06 uur 01-07-2015

Azito Energie opent eerste centrale met stoom- en gasturbine van Ivoorkust

Azito Energie SA viert vandaag de commerciële start van zijn elektriciteitscentrale met stoom- en gasturbine van 430 megawatt in Abidjan. Het bedrijf hield op het fabrieksterrein een inaugurele ceremonie, waarbij de president van Ivoorkust Alassane Ouattara aanwezig was.

Azito is nu een van de modernste en efficiëntste elektriciteitscentrales van West-Afrika en levert een kwart van de totale elektriciteitscapaciteit van Ivoorkust.

De nieuw gebouwde Fase 3 van Azito’s elektriciteitscentrale vergroot het landelijke aanbod van betaalbare en betrouwbare elektriciteit met tien procent.

Het totaal aan investeringen in de elektriciteitscentrale van Azito bedraagt met inbegrip van recente uitbreiding 615 miljoen dollar. Fase 3 werd gefinancierd met kapitaal van aandeelhouders en leningen van internationale en bilaterale ontwikkelingsorganisaties.


Azito Energie Inaugurates Côte d’Ivoire’s First Operational CCGT Power Plant

Azito Energie SA (‘Azito’) today celebrates the commercial start-up of
Phase 3 of its 430 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (‘CCGT’) Power
Plant in Abidjan with an onsite inauguration ceremony held in the
presence of His Excellency, President Alassane Ouattara, President of
the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

Azito is now one of the most modern, efficient power plants in West
Africa and will provide one-quarter (25%) of Cote d’Ivoire’s current
total electricity capacity.

The newly built Phase 3 of the Azito Power Plant adds ten percent (10%)
more affordable and reliable electricity to the country.

Including the recent capacity expansion, the total investment in the
Azito Power Plant amounts to USD615 million. Phase 3 was financed by
shareholder equity, and loans from international and bilateral
development agencies.

Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd, the engineering,
procurement and construction contractor, completed the expansion earlier
in 2015. During the peak of construction, the plant’s expansion created
more than 1,300 jobs of which more than 60% were met by local employment.

The CEO of Globeleq, Azito’s major shareholder, Mikael Karlsson,
commented: “This clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when
governments, the international financing community and the private
sector act in close cooperation to develop sub-Saharan Africa’s energy
sector. Azito provides a blueprint for the development and financing of
similar power projects, both in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa as a

Luc Ayé, Azito’s CEO said: “The scale of this power plant is indicative
of the Government’s ambitions for Côte d’Ivoire. I would like to thank
the Prime Minister and the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, our
shareholders -Globeleq and IPS WA, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Funds
for Economic Development, AKFED – and financial partners for sharing our
vision and ambition in bringing such a landmark power project to
fruition, not forgetting the entire project team.”

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Notes to the Editors

Côte d’Ivoire, Francophone West Africa’s largest economy, is an emerging
regional power hub that has been in urgent need of increased reliable
and efficient power supplies to stimulate the country’s economic growth.

The Azito Power Plant will contribute to the industrialisation of the
country, which has been inhibited by a lack of dependable electricity

About Azito

The Azito power plant is located close to Abidjan, the Ivorian capital,
at 6 km from the port. The plant has been in operation since 1999. The
original simple cycle facility of 290 MW has been converted to a 430 MW
CCGT power plant via the addition of a condensing steam turbine, powered
by the gas turbines exhaust heat. This has increased electricity output
by almost 50%, with no incremental gas consumption. In addition to
increase energy efficiency, CCGT technology also reduces emissions. For
more information, visit azitoenergie.com.

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