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CHAD: France’s Qair starts work on two solar power plants in N’Djamena

Two new solar photovoltaic power plants near the Chadian capital N’Djamena will soon go into operation. Construction work on these plants has just been launched by the French independent power producer (IPP) Qair, which is partly owned by the oil company Total. As part of the new concessions in Chad, Qair has been awarded two plots of land, one to the north and one to the south-east of N’Djamena, in the districts of Lamadji and Gassi.

The Lamadji solar power plant will occupy a 40-hectare site. The second park under construction in the Gassi district will occupy 100 hectares of land. The two clean energy production facilities will have a capacity of 30 MWp. Qair will feed its production into the national electricity grid. IPP already has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Chad’s Société nationale d’électricité (SNE).

30 million investment

Qair plans to commission its two solar plants in 2022. According to the group based in Montpelier, France, the contribution of solar energy to the Chadian network is in line with the policy of the Chadian authorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18.2% by 2030 compared to the 2010 reference scenario. This means eliminating 41.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

The Lamadji and Gassi power plants will be able to inject 61,760 MWh per year into Chad’s national electricity grid, and should make it possible to avoid 40,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the same period. “Our ambition is to accompany Chad in an energy transition that is both supported and driven by the Chadian government and welcomed by its inhabitants,” said Marc Galinier, Qairs Director of Sub-Saharan Africa recently.

The new facilities will increase Chad’s installed capacity. According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Central African country has an installed capacity of 125 MW, produced from diesel generators. The Chadian government intends to improve the situation with the support of IPPs. This country with an arid desert climate is banking on solar energy, with projects under development near N’Djamena, in Djermaya and Gaoui.

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