Masdar and EDF SA to explore power sector collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publish on 16/01/2018

Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate with EDF SA – the parent company of the EDF Group – in the power sectors of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The agreement was signed by Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy, and Valerie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. Also present were Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, and Dominique Minière, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Thermal.
The partnership will explore development opportunities within the framework of both companies’ existing off-grid investments in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also evaluate new projects and models for off-grid energy solutions in that region.
Sub-Saharan Africa has limited access to electricity. According to the World Bank, approximately 600 million people live without a reliable energy source. Through today’s agreement, Masdar and EDF SA hope to expand their portfolio in Africa while promoting local socio-economic development.
“Masdar is committed to achieving commercially viable, sustainable access to energy,” said Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy. “We look forward to collaborating with EDF SA to unlock opportunities to address the acute need for modern energy services in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural communities.”
Masdar’s current sub-Saharan developments include the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant and eight rural solar energy projects with a capacity of 16.6MW in Mauritania. The company’s extensive off-grid portfolio also includes solar, wind, solar-powered water treatment projects, battery storage and geothermal projects in the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.
Our in-depth knowledge of the region is key to offering the most adapted energy solutions,” said Valérie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. “EDF is convinced that the cooperation with Masdar will enhance the development of essential energy projects for sub-Saharan Africa, combining electrification and low-carbon growth.”
The MoU strengthens the cooperation between EDF and Masdar, which was initiated in 2017 when the EDF group joined the Masdar-led consortium developing the 800 megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The agreement was supplemented by an MoU in November aimed at ensuring cooperation in the development and financing of the solar project.
The EDF group has been present in Africa for over 50 years through a wide range of activities.
EDF has been accelerating its development in clean energy projects, in particular in rural and peri-urban electrification projects. For example, EDF has developed off-grid activities in the Côte d’Ivoire, providing solar kits with pay-as-you-go systems for households, and has developed a 46MW power plant generating electricity from agriculture residue biomass (Biovea – Côte d’Ivoire), the biggest of its kind in Africa.
Masdar is a leading developer and operator of utility-scale power plants, grid-tied projects, small-scale applications that provide energy access to communities away from the electricity grid, and carbon abatement projects. Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of US$8.5 billion. The company’s share of this investment equates to US$2.7 billion.
Masdar will be highlighting its clean energy projects at this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is taking place on 13-20 January 2018. 

Find out EDF Pulse Africa Awards' finalists

Publish on 17/11/2017

The best projects have been selected by experts inside and outside EDF. The filalists will appear before the Grand Jury on December 19, 2017. To see the finalists of this first edition, click on the image!

The EDF Group enters the Egyptian renewable energy market

Publish on 27/10/2017

The EDF Group, via its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, and the Elsewedy Electric group, have come together to design, build and operate two solar power plants in Egypt with a total capacity of 100 MWAC. This project marks the entry of the EDF Group onto the Egyptian renewable energy market.

Located in Assouan, southern Egypt, the solar plants will be part of one of the largest solar complexes currently under construction anywhere in the world – Benban Solar Project - with a total capacity of 1.8 GWAC. Funding of both plants will be provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency, specialised in investments in southern countries. EDF Energies Nouvelles and the Elsewedy Electric group will be co-shareholders of both solar plants. A power purchase agreement has been signed with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for a period of 25 years. The construction of the solar power plants will begin in the first quarter of 2018, as soon as the final conditions on the electricity sale contract are approved by the Egyptian authorities.

The project contributes to EDF’s ambition of reaching 50 GW in renewable installed capacity by 2030 and illustrates EDF’s international strategy of breaking into markets with a high development potential. Egypt aims to double the share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of the EDF Group stated "Our contribution to Benban Solar project illustrates our leadership in the development of low carbon energies. We are proud to support the energy transition in Egypt thanks to renewable projects with a local industrial partner, which is in line with the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy”.

* The PPA covers a capacity expressed in MWac, the standard measure of alternating current.

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.


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 and share this opportunity.

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



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.
Click here for more information (French)

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”.
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