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GE to provide energy solutions for two West African countries [free access]

April 4, 2019

GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions has signed agreements with two West African countries –  Benin and Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) for providing energy solutions. These agreements are in line with GE’s commitment for providing power solutions in collaboration with governments and power sector utilities in order to meet the increasing electricity demands of the West African countries.


In Benin, GE will supply the country’s first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), aimed at increasing energy reliability and efficiency. While in Cote d’Ivoire, GE will undertake rehabilitation and upgradation of power capacities of the Ferke, Man and Taabo transmission substations so as to reduce the transmission losses.


Around 85 per cent of the electricity consumed in Benin is currently imported from neighbouring countries. It is important for the country to strengthen its grid network and manage electricity losses in order to reduce power imports. GE will design and supply the first ADMS for the Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) or the Benin Electric Power Company and undertake the rehabilitation of substations and telecommunication infrastructure at the National Distribution Control Center in Cotonou. The ADMS will help optimise energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimise shortages


For Cote d’Ivoire, GE will undertake rehabilitation and expansion of three 225 kV substations located in Ferke, Man and Taabo. The project aims to improve electricity supply in the northern, western and central parts of the country. Once the power capacity of the substations is increased, total energy losses will tend to reduce and the power supply reliability will improve.