The Emirati independent power producer, Amea Power has announced that the company is holding talks with the Gabonese government to build a new solar power plant in Oyem located in the Woleu-Ntem province of the country.
Amea Power, the subsidiary of Al Nowais Investments (ANI) expressed its desire to invest in the 50 MWp solar PV plant in Gabon. Hussain Al Nowais, the group’s Chairman, recently met Gabonese Minister for Investment Promotion, Carmen Ndaot in Libreville and presented the proposal for the construction of the solar plant.
The chosen site for the solar plant is located 7 km from the Oyem city center and near the substation. It will provide electricity supply to households and industries in the provinces of Woleu-Ntem and Ogooué-Ivindo.
The solar project is one of the objectives of the “zero diesel” program of Gabon that has led to the construction of several solar power plants in the country, including the hybrid solar power plant of Ndjolé, and other solar PV plants in Bitam, Booué, Makokou, Mékambo, Minvoul, etc.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Gabon has an installed capacity of 750 MW, with more than half of the electricity generated from fossil sources. The future solar power plant will increase Gabon’s installed renewable capacity and contribute to the ambition of the Gabonese authorities to diversify its energy mix and thus reduce diesel consumption.
This proposal of the solar project follows after French renewable power producer Total Eren, signed an agreement with the Gabonese authorities in July last year, to build a 50 MWp solar power plant near Libreville. It is expected that this solar plant will help in avoiding 59,092 tons of CO2 per year.
Amea Power, which has already successfully completed several solar projects in Africa, is now eyeing the Gabonese renewable energy market. The company operates a 50 MWp Blitta Solar Power Plant in Togo, the largest grid-ready solar power plant in the country.