To increase access to electricity in West Africa, the Regional Electricity Access and Battery Storage Technology Project, known by the acronym (BEST), was implemented. ). As part of the said project, the BEST project steering committee meeting opened on Thursday 15 December in Abidjan. “This meeting of the steering group is held at a critical period of the BEST project characterized by the completion of procurement for the battery component and the upcoming launch of tenders for the studies, supply and installation of the access component” emphasized the Director of Energy and Mines in the ECOWAS space, Bayaornibè Dabire.
According to him, “Battery storage technologies enable power system operators to store energy for later use. What is needed in a regional power grid to maintain the continuous and synchronous flow of electricity so that the supply always meets the countries’ demand. To emphasize the importance of the project for Côte d’Ivoire, the general manager of Côte d’Ivoire Energies, Noumory Sidibé, recalled the importance of this project, which includes the acquisition and installation of energy technology using batteries with a capacity of 150 MWh distributed over three of our high-voltage substations.
These are the Korhogo (50 MWh), Odienné (35 MWh) and Boundiali (20 MWh) substations. And to indicate that it will guarantee the improvement and stability of the electricity grid in the northern part of the country; reliability of electricity supply; better transit capacity and better coverage of available good quality energy, especially in the savannah and Denguélé region. Noumory Sidibé insisted that the energy future of Côte d’Ivoire, all ECOWAS countries and all of Africa will depend on the ability to germinate the most innovative, most productive projects and the most structuring for our populations and our respective countries.