PRESS RELEASE: AMEA Power commissions and starts commercial operation of a 50MW Solar Power Plant in Togo – the country’s first utility scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer

The solar plant was delivered in record time, reaching commercial operations within 18 months of signing the Power Purchase Agreement, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubai, UAE, 22 June, 2021 – AMEA Power, a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Nowais Investments (ANI), today announced the official commissioning of its 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Blitta, Togo, marking the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer (IPP), and one of the largest solar PV IPP plants in West Africa.

Officially named Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, after His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the PV plant has been delivered in record time, with just 18 months between the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and commencement of commercial operations.

Built by AMEA Togo Solar, a subsidiary of AMEA Power, the plant, located 267km from Togo’s capital, Lomé, has a planned production of nearly 90,255 MWh of power per year. This will supply power to approximately 158,333 Togolese households per year, with 9% of energy generation feeding into the local Blitta distribution network, enough to meet demand in the area.

The power plant will be operated for 25 years by AMEA Togo Solar, avoiding more than 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the course of its life. The plant is instrumental in supporting Togo’s ambitious US$8 billion 2018 – 2022 National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030 and to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 50%.

Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of AMEA Power, commented: “We are delighted to launch the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed PV plant and extend our congratulations to all those involved. Togo was an obvious choice for AMEA Power’s first operational power plant in Africa, with it being an important trade hub in West Africa, along with the government’s progressive regulatory framework for renewable energy projects, which was key in ensuring the completion of the project in a fast, efficient, and responsible manner. This is an incredibly exciting time for AMEA Power, and we are on track to becoming one of the fastest-growing renewable energy IPPs, with several additional projects set to achieve financial close in 2021.”

His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo, and AMEA Power’s Chairman, Hussain Al Nowais, attended an inauguration ceremony today [22nd June 2021] at the power plant site. Other high-profile attendees included the Prime Minister of Togo, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé; Minister Delegate to the President of the Republic, in charge of Energy and Mines in Togo, Mila Aziable; Director of Compagnie Energie Electrique du Togo (CEET), Laré Santiégou; Senior Advisor to the President of Togo, Shegun Adjadi Bakari; the Deputy Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), Khalifa Al Qubaisi; and the Director -General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Francesco La Camera.

Mila Aziable, Minister Delegate to the President of the Republic, in charge of Energy and Mines in  Togo,  commented:  “The development  of  the  Sheikh  Mohamed  Bin  Zayed  PV  plant  is  an  excellent  example  of  a  successful  Public-Private  Partnership  in  Africa,  with  AMEA  Power  utilising  Togo’s  committed implementation unit and favourable investment climate to pre-fund a large-scale  renewable  energy  project on  balance  sheet.  We  are delighted  to  have  worked with  a  team of  such  highly skilled professionals with demonstrated know-how in the energy sector.”

The project was supported with concessional loans from the West African Development Bank (BOAD)  and  the  Abu  Dhabi  Fund  for  Development  (ADFD).  It  was  pre-funded  on  balance  sheet,  and  then  refinanced,  a  unique  model  for  a  large-scale  IPP  project  in  Africa.  This  is  indicative  of  the  level  of  project certainty created by the NDP’s regulatory framework, which provided AMEA Power with the  necessary level of assurance and comfort to embark on the project’s execution well in advance of the  financing being arranged.

Community impact  The construction of the  power plant helped to create local employment opportunities, with 80% of  plant workers hailing directly from Togo.   AMEA Power also invested directly in community initiatives in Blitta, which positively impacted more  than  100,000  people,  by  constructing  (and  providing  equipment  for)  one  new  clinic  and  three  new school buildings; renovating four schools; providing school supplies for 1,400 students; and installing  a water pump at a local primary school.

AMEA Power will provide electrification via solar power to the
schools and clinic. Moreover, AMEA Power’s internship  programme brought  36  engineering  students  from  various  technical  institutions  in  Togo  to  the  Sheikh  Mohamed  Bin  Zayed  PV  plant,  preparing  them  for  employment by giving them the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and  develop their  practical skills in renewable energies.  In  response  to  COVID-19,  AMEA  Power  distributed  essential  food  and  hygiene  products  to  8,500  families in nine countries across Africa, including 1,100 families in Togo. AMEA Power also distributed  food and hygiene products to a further 8,000 families during Ramadan this year, which reached 1,100  families in Togo.

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