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Senegalese government awards VINCI contract for grid expansion [free access]

February 5, 2018

VINCI Energies, a subsidiary of France-based VINCI SA, has been awarded a EUR197 million contract from the Senegalese government for the construction of five extra high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, 200-km-long underground and overhead EHV transmission lines, over 100 distribution substations, and a regional load dispatch centre.


Under the contract, an EHV transformer station will be constructed to secure power supply in the new suburb of Diamniadio, while a second transformer station will be installed in the city of Thiès so as to secure the electricity supply of several towns.


The contract is part of the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal's (Senelec) transmission and distribution grid expansion, reinforcement and reliability enhancement programme (2016-20 Strategic Plan). The works are expected to be completed within 36 months, and will be undertaken in the cities of Dakar, Diass, Diamniadio, Thiès, Kounoune, Tobène and Tambacounda.


The contract is fully financed by a banking pool made up of French and Senegalese lenders, and is backed by French authorities via a BPI Assurance Export guarantee and the Senegalese authorities via a Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning guarantee.