The minister of energy and mines, Salif kaboré, visited the construction site of the Bobo II power plant. On the occasion, he confided that he is satisfied with the progress of the works. That was on Friday June 20 2014, in the city of Sya.
After a first visit that took place last February 24, Salif Kaboré returned to the site to determine the state of progress of the Bobo II works. The works which are underway are being executed in the framework of a project – in two phases – financed by 42 billion CFA francs and lead by the Telemenia Ltd group, an Israeli enterprise. The outcome of this project will be realized by the establishment of a power plant equipped with many compartments including a fuel farm, a fuel treatment compartment, a daily tank farm, a powerhouse to shelter 4 gensets, a cooling system farm, a transformer substation, an injection point. It is these compartments in erection that the minster Salif Kaboré visited on June 20 2014.
A visit at the end of which, he revealed that there are “some satisfying motives”. In particular, “the civil works have advanced very much; all of the works are being carried out very professionally”. According to Sansan Victorien Kambiré, the representative on site of the project manager of Bobo II, the overall level of execution of the works is evaluated at more than 64%. A satisfying level; but pressure must be maintained. In fact, confides the minister of energy, “I asked the general management of Sonabel to continue following this project with attention, to pressurize the entrepreneurs so that the 44 MW that we promised for the end of 2014 become a reality”.
Towards growth in the capacity of electricity
Already, announces Salif Kaboré, “The first two engines will be on site in July. They are already at Takoradi (at the port of Ghana, ndlr). Provisions are made so that the transportation is done normally”. Engines which, specifies the minister, “could weigh at least 210 tons per unit”. But he reassures, the bridges of the transportation routes, could be crossed without a problem. In addition, “If by the end of July the engines are on site, we could say that as of the beginning of October, we will be able to make the first injunctions on the grid for the second phase of the project”.
We could therefore hope that the offer of electricity will increase significantly in the course of the upcoming months. Especially since the promise – made last May 22 by the Ivorian Prime Minister – to increase the contractual power to 80 MW subject to the interconnection with Cote d’Ivoire, is, according to Salif Kaboré, “kept”.
We could also count “very soon on solar, because Burkina Faso made a commitment towards this field”. At least, announced the minister of energy, Salif Kaboré. But he points out, “this will be a supporting energy which will ensure electricity during the day”.