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Is your start-up developing an innovative solution for electricity access in Africa?

Publish on 15/09/2017

Be part of the first edition of EDF Pulse Africa Awards!

EDF Pulse Africa Awards is open to African start-ups that innovate to come out with frugal and disruptive solutions in giving people access to electricty in Africa.

EDF Pulse Africa Prizes will reward innovative projects in any of the following areas :
  • Off-grid electric production: produce and/or store electricity in off-grid areas,
  • Electric usages and services: invent usages or provide services with low-power consumption,
  • Access to water: give people access to water through electricity (agriculture and domestic use).

3 prizes will be awarded by the Grand Jury in Paris on December 19th, 2017.

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You want to make a difference for thousands in Africa ? Apply to win up to 15 000 € and take the chance to partner with EDF !
You will have the opportunity to access solutions to boost your project’s development.
More about this call for projects in Africa on https://africa-pulse.edf.com and share this opportunity.

Registration period from August 28th to October 8th, 2017, 23.59 pm CET.

IT’S YOUR TURN. GOOD LUCK !

 

Signature of the partnership agreement to foster technical education within the Nachtigal project zone

Publish on 07/07/2017

 
The Minister of Secondary Education and the General Manager of Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) have signed this Thursday June 22 a partnership agreement aiming at reinforcing technical secondary schools within the Nachtigal project zone through the improvement of their infrastructures and equipment. The beneficiaries are the technical secondary schools of Mbandjock, Ntui, Obala and Batchenga.
 
Beyond the improvement of infrastructures and equipment in the aforementioned schools, both parties undertake through this agreement to collaborate to foster education in civil, electric and mechanic engineering through trainings, site visits, internships …
 
This agreement is part of NHPC’s environmental and social commitments within the framework of the Nachtigal Amont project, and aims at implementing actions with positive economic and social impact that meet the expectations of the local populations, as well as those of the Cameroonian government.
 
As a reminder, the Nachtigal Amont project is a hydroelectric project developed by NHPC for the construction of a dam, a 420MW hydro powerplant on the Sanaga River and a 225kV electricity transmission line. Up to 1,500 workers shall be mobilized for the construction of this facility, two third of whom being recruited within a 30km radius.
 
The signature of this agreement reflects the importance that NHPC holds for the training and professional insertion of young Cameroonians.
 

EDM and EDF seek to reinforce the peer cooperation across the electricity value chain in Mozambique

Publish on 07/07/2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017: Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Électricité de France (EDF) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the peer cooperation in the fields of power generation, transmission and distribution in Mozambique.
 
The agreement formalises a mutual interest to establish a sustainable and balanced partnership on a range of topics across the electricity value chain. The topics mentioned in the MoU include (among others): power generation (hydropower, thermal), transmission of electricity and regional interconnections, distribution of electricity, ongrid/offgrid electrification, renewable energy, reduction of energy losses programs, certified training and capacity building.

 
































The cooperation will aim to facilitate the sharing of expertise, experience and best practices as well as technical assistance initiatives between both technical teams with regards to technical and organisational process optimisation, operational performance enhancement and skills development. It will also facilitate the evaluation and implementation of joint project opportunities as strategic partners.
 
The MoU between EDM and EDF strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two national utilities, which started 30 years ago. EDM and EDF have worked jointly on a number of activities including engineering and construction supervision within the fields of hydro power generation (Mphanda Nkuwa, Mavuz and, Chicamba) and electricity transmission (STE, Mozambique-Zimbabwe interconnection, National Control Center feasibility study, Electricity IV, Chibata, Matola and Pemba projects).
 
EDM Board Member for Operations Mr Carlos Yum said: “The objective of this partnership is to enable EDM to carry out its activities in line with the best international practices and standards in power infrastructure development and operation, by capitalizing on EDF’s vast experience. Within the coming years, EDM’s ambition is that all of EDM’s technical staff in the area of transmission operation must be at par or better than counterparts in utilities in developed countries in Europe, America or Asia. This is a necessary requirement to provide secure and reliable power supply to attract investment into both electrical infrastructure as well as investments by intensive users of energy, commercial and domestic customers, and in support of electrification of the country”.  

A new step for the Nachtigal project

Publish on 28/06/2017

Jean-Bernard Lévy was present on June 6, 2017 when the letter of intent was signed between the Minister of Water and Energy, the Minister of Finance and the various partners in the upstream Nachtigal hydroelectric project. This signature is the result of the negotiation of 4 contracts, including in particular the purchase of electricity, the connection to the public electricity transmission network and the dispatch of electrical energy.  
 
This signing marks an important step in the implementation of the Nachtigal project foreseen by the Electricity Sector Development Plan. It enables the launch of the detailed review process of the project and the contracts by the future lenders as part of the completion of the financing planned for the end of 2017. 
 
On the same day, Jean-Bernard Lévy also signed a cooperation agreement with the Minister of Water and Energy, which confirms the Group’s desire to take part in the development of Cameroon. 
 

A new phase for the Nachtigal hydroelectric project

Publish on 25/04/2017

Cameroon – On April 20th, Cameroon’s Minister of Water and Energy, Basile Atangana Kouana, and the director of Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC), Olivier Flambard, signed the Power Generation Licensing Agreement for the upstream Nachtigal hydroelectric project.  
 
This agreement marks a big milestone in the progress of the Nachtigal project, a hydroelectric power plant that will be built on the Sanaga River at the upstream Nachtigal site. This development, put in place by NHPC, foresees the construction of a dam and a power station with a total capacity of 420 MW by 2020.
It will provide the country with an additional source of stable electricity and will contribute positively to the regional and national economy.
 
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1000 customers have already choosen Zeci!

Publish on 26/01/2017

Off Grid Electric, a leading distributed solar company in Africa, and EDF announced in Novembre 2016 a partnership to supply competitive off-grid solar energy in Africa.
This partnership will take the initial form of a joint venture – ZECI – in Ivory Coast. This first joint venture aims to supply power to nearly 2 million people in Ivory Coast by year 2020, with plans to rapidly extend the partnership’s initiatives to other countries in the region.
Within the scope of this joint venture, ZECI, EDF and Off Grid Electric install and maintain solar kits for rural and peri-urban households.
These individual kits include solar panels, which are easy to install, along with batteries for storing energy. Payment can be made through the simple use of a mobile phone. Customers have therefore access to lighting and are able to power a suite of energy-efficient household appliances including television sets, radios, fans and mobile phone chargers.
1000 customers have already choosen Zeci!

Jean Bernard Levy’s business trip in Morocco

Publish on 13/01/2017

Following the Marrakech COP 22, EDF is committed to developing its business to support the energy transition and economic development of the Kingdom of Morocco.
 
Jean Bernard Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, attended the 20th anniversary of EDF’s presence in Morocco on 5 and 6 January in Casablanca and Rabat. He welcomed the historic partnerships established with ONEE and other major Moroccan public and private participants, and discussed with his interlocutors the major ongoing projects that will permanently transform the group’s presence in the country and the region. 
 
Therefore, EDF puts its know-how in the field of renewable energies (solar, wind), hydroelectric production and energy efficiency, serving its customers and partners. In addition, the group wishes to use its experience acquired in the field of gas to power to contribute to the development of Liquefied Natural Gas in the Kingdom.
 
Jean-Bernard Levy said: “For EDF, Morocco is a strategic country in which we want to develop over time and on a large scale. Its energy policy priorities are in line with the strategic objectives of the group’s international development”.

Off Grid Electric and EDF team up in offering a new off-grid solar power solution for rural areas in West Africa

Publish on 30/11/2016

  • First large-scale operational partnership between a global energy company and a leading off-grid solar company.
  • Off Grid Electric’s experience in Tanzania and EDF’s experience in South Africa shows that households using these services have reduced emissions from kerosene and black carbon by 1.45 kg per year.
Wednesday 9th November 2016: Off Grid Electric, a leading distributed solar company in Africa, and EDF, a global leader in low-carbon energies, today announced a partnership to supply competitive off-grid solar energy in Africa. This partnership will take the initial form of a joint venture – ZECI – in Ivory Coast, announced on the occasion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) held by the United Nations in Marrakech, Morocco. This first joint venture aims to supply power to nearly 2 million people in Ivory Coast by year 2020, with plans to rapidly extend the partnership’s initiatives to other countries in the region.

Within the scope of this joint venture, ZECI, EDF and Off Grid Electric will install and maintain solar kits for rural and peri-urban households1. These individual kits include solar panels, which are easy to install, along with batteries for storing energy. Payment can be made through the simple use of a mobile phone. Customers will therefore have access to lighting and will be able to power a suite of energy-efficient household appliances including television sets, radios, fans and mobile phone chargers.

Rolling out this initiative in West Africa will create thousands of new sustainable jobs (over 1000 jobs in Ivory Coast alone), from sales managers to call-centre employees, who will benefit from Off Grid Electric and EDF in-house training. Giving customers the option to use a renewable energy source like solar energy also benefits the environment by replacing candles, paraffin, and kerosene.

“We’re thrilled to partner with EDF, an industry leader whose presence in Africa, combined with its experience, will enable us to grow Off Grid Electric’s footprint across the continent,” said Bill Lenihan, President and CFO, Off Grid Electric. “Access to reliable energy is a challenge throughout Africa and our partnership with EDF will help us to meet this challenge. Through energy independence, we hope to see households and communities seize new opportunities.”

“Off Grid Electric is the perfect partner for EDF, with its excellent knowledge of the African continent and a proven track record of providing innovative and competitive solar solutions,” said Simone Rossi, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, International Division.

He also stressed that “EDF is delighted to partner with Off Grid Electric, thus enabling the latter to benefit from the Group’s extensive expertise in the area of customer relations. This will be an opportunity for us to share the experience we have gathered from supplying energy to more than 30 million customers worldwide, to the advantage of new customers in West Africa.”

Off Grid Electric will be receiving the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change 2016 Award at COP22. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change.

1. According to the World Bank, 62% of Africans in the sub-Saharan region live in rural areas with hardly any access to electrical grids.

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About Off Grid Electric
Off Grid Electric (OGE) provides clean, affordable and transformative energy directly to more than 100,000 households and businesses in Tanzania and Rwanda that have never had access to reliable electricity. Through its solar leasing model, OGE removes financial risk to customers and offers the latest in technology for less than or equal to a household’s average energy spend. OGE is the leading scalable distributed energy company and operates under the consumer brand, Zola, in Tanzania and Rwanda. OGE’s investors include: SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and resonsAbility. For more information, visit offgrid-electric.com.

About EDF
A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.6 million customers, including 27.8 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €75 billion in 2015 with 47.2% of this figure being generated outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
EDF has 15 years of experience in the off-grid sector and in the running of electricity companies in five different African countries – from Morocco to South Africa – with a 100,000-customer portfolio.

EDF strengthens its presence in Africa

Publish on 30/11/2016

EDF is creating a new subsidiary in Côte d'Ivoire, EDF-CI

For the last five years, Côte d'Ivoire, which plays a key role in EDF's development strategy in West Africa, has undergone a major recovery, foreshadowing a sustained increase in electricity consumption over the coming years. Taking into account its energy development needs, and spurred on by the BIOVEA project, which aims to develop a biomass plant of 2x23 MW, EDF decided to strengthen its presence in the country by creating a subsidiary named EDF-CI at the end of August 2016.
 
This new Group company is responsible for carrying out all activities relating to energy project development. Its main objectives will be to finalise the development phase of the Biovéa project and support the launch of a highly anticipated decentralised rural electrification project in partnership with OGE, a California-based start-up. EDF-CI will also be responsible for exploring the Ivorian market and promoting all of the Group's offerings, such as in the fields of hydroelectricity and sustainable cities.
 

Off Grid Electric and EDF create the company ZECI, for the launch of a new off-grid solar power solution for rural areas in West Africa

Off Grid Electric, a leading distributed solar company in Africa, and EDF, a global leader in low-carbon energies, today announced a partnership to supply competitive off-grid solar energy in Africa. This partnership will take the initial form of a joint venture – ZECI – in Ivory Coast, announced on the occasion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) held by the United Nations in Marrakech, Morocco. This first joint venture aims to supply power to nearly 2 million people in Ivory Coast by year 2020, with plans to rapidly extend the partnership’s initiatives to other countries in the region.
 

EDF Fenice, specialist in energy services, opens its subsidiary in Morocco

 As part of its expansion of its energy efficiency activities in the Mediterranean region, EDF Fenice announced on the 17th October 2016 the creation of its new subsidiary, EDF FENICE MOROCCO. Through this new entity, which is wholly owned by its subsidiary EDF FENICE IBERICA, the EDF FENICE Group intends to settle permanently and develop its environmental and energy services offers in this country. EDF FENICE MOROCCO signed an initial contract for the supply of a complete industrial solution, including engineering, financing, construction, commissioning and operation for a period of 10 years.

Creation of Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC), the Nachtigal Amont project company

Publish on 07/07/2016

Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC), a Cameroonian Société Anonyme (public limited company) based in Yaoundé, was created on 7th July 2016. EDF International holds 40% of its capital, the State of Cameroon holds 30% and the International Finance Corporation (SFI-IFC) holds 30%.

The creation of this project company by the members of the Nachtigal Amont consortium follows a joint development agreement signed in November 2013, and came the day before key deadlines for the project.

In the coming months, NHPC will work on finalising the project's development activities and raising the funds necessary for its completion, in particular from international development financing institutions and local commercial banks.

Following these steps, the joint company NHPC will be responsible for constructing the hydroelectric facilities at the Nachtigal-Amont site on the Sanaga River in Cameroon, building high-voltage energy evacuation lines, and then operating the dam for 35 years.

This facility, with 420 megawatts of installed power, is considered a priority by the State of Cameroon, as it will provide the country with an additional stable, significant source of electricity production by 2020. Once in commission, the Nachtigal hydroelectric plant will be the country's largest generator, and will meet roughly one third of its electricity needs.

The project is part of a broad plan to harness the potential of hydroelectric power in the Sanaga River Basin, and will benefit the local economy in many ways.

NHPC is also taking great care to make sure the dam blends well into its environment. In this regard, studies conducted from the beginning of the project show that the future facilities will have limited social and environmental impacts, which the partners will work to mitigate. 

The Nachtigal project also includes an "energy access" component, which will provide local communities around the facilities with better access to electricity.
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