GE Reaffirms Commitment to Improve Energy Access in Benin and Cote d’Ivoire

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GE, the world-famous multinational conglomerate, has reaffirmed its commitment to provide energy solutions to help foster economic development and growth in Benin and Cote d’Ivoire.

In Benin, GE will supply the nation’s first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), a grid solution that is expected to increase energy reliability and efficiency. In Cote d’Ivoire, GE will rehabilitate and improve the power capacity of the Ferke, Man and Taabo substations while reducing the losses in energy transmission.

This April, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business announced that it has signed two deals to build energy systems in Benin and upgrade three substations in Cote d’Ivoire. These agreements align with GE’s commitment to providing scalable power solutions in partnership with governments and utilities to meet West Africa’s growing energy needs while developing self-sustaining electricity systems for businesses and households in the region.

In Benin, 85% of electricity utilized is currently imported from neighboring countries. In order to strengthen the country’s grid and manage electricity losses that result during energy transmission, GE will undertake the rehabilitation of substations and telecommunication infrastructure at the country’s National Distribution Control Center in Cotonou.

ADMS, which is art of GE’s Digital Energy portfolio, is engineered with adaptive algorithms and predictive analytics to help utilities operate the grid more efficiently and enable automation. The system will be able to predict issues, identify the faults on the grid and propose restoration plans.

The Distribution Management System (ADMS) will help optimize energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimize shortages.

In Cote d’Ivoire, the GE project will help improve the electricity supply in the northern, western and central part of Côte d’Ivoire.

“With about 90% of the country’s population having access to electricity and the growing demand for energy, limited distribution systems cause a total energy loss of approximately 20% annually. There is a need to rehabilitate and strengthen the country’s grid infrastructure,” said Bile Gerard Tanoe, Secretary General of power company, CI-ENERGIES.

“This project will improve the power capacities of Ferke, Man and Taabo substations to help mitigate total energy losses and provide the reliability needed to limit the total unavailability of these critical substations,” he added.

“Energy is a key component for on-going development in Sub-Saharan Africa. With only 45% of electrification rates in many countries in the region, it is critical to develop an end-to-end solution to increase energy access and foster economic development,” said Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“These projects reinforce GE’s involvement in implementing key infrastructure for energy transmission and interconnection development in Africa through smart solutions and turnkey project expertise,” he concluded.

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