Publish on 07/07/2017
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”.
Publish on 28/06/2017
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.
Publish on 25/04/2017
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.
Publish on 26/01/2017
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!
Publish on 13/01/2017
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.
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.
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.
Publish on 30/11/2016
EDF is creating a new subsidiary in Côte d'Ivoire, EDF-CI
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
EDF Fenice, specialist in energy services, opens its subsidiary in Morocco
Publish on 07/07/2016
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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