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Spanish engineering and construction firm TSK announced on 22 June that it will build a €156M oil palm biomass plant in Côte d’Ivoire, which will generate enough electricity to supply 1.7M people.

The project was awarded to TSK by BIOVEA Energie, a joint venture between France’s utility multinational EDF, French investment firm Meridiam and Biokala, part of the SIFCA African agribusiness group.

The 46MW biomass plant in Aboisso, 100km east of Abidjan, would be the largest plant in West Africa fuelled by leaf waste from oil palms, TSK said.

“This project is part of the Ivory Coast’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan for 2014-2030, which aims to achieve a 42% share of renewable energy in the energy mix by 2030. The aim of this project is to support Ivory Coast’s agro-industrial sector and contribute to the objectives set by the country at the time of COP21 [2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference],” TSK said.

“Over the duration of the concession contract, this biomass power plant will enable Ivory Coast to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4.5M tonnes.”

TSK said the project reinforced its presence on the African continent, where it was currently working on several projects such as the Temane flexible gas-fired power plants in Mozambique, Kekeli power plant in Togo, and the Kilombero sugar plant in Tanzania.