Elsewedy Electric Wins Chad Solar Contract

The 36MW Djermaya plant is Chad's first utility-scale solar project.

By Liz Bains on
6th June 2023

Djermaya CDEN Energy (DCE) has selected Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric for the contract to build the first phase of the Djermaya solar power plant in Chad, according to Afrik21.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract covers the 36MW photovoltaic solar plant, an 8 MWh battery storage system, a 33kV overhead transmission line and two 25 MVA (90 kV) power transformers for interconnection with the grid at the Lamadji substation.

DCE is a special purpose vehicle set up to develop the project. It is a joint venture of InfraCo Africa, Smart Energies and Neo Themis. 

DCE has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Chad’s National Electricity Company for the output of the plant, which is being developed 30km north of the capital N’Djamena. 

The project represents many firsts for Chad: its first independent power project, its first grid-connected solar plant and its first utility-scale energy storage infrastructure.  

The project is being developed over two phases to gradually integrate renewable power into the national grid and will have a capacity of 60MW upon completion.

Some €36.6 million (US$39 million) in funding has been provided for the first phase by the African Development Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and France's Proparco.

According to InfraCo Africa, just 11.1% of Chad’s population has access to electricity. 

Photo: Solar panels (© Stangot | Dreamstime)

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