Niger wants to make its electricity sector accessible to all by 2035

Niger strengthens its electricity sector for 2035. Photo: I matin

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The Nigerian government approved on Friday in the Council of Ministers two draft decrees aimed at providing the country with a strategic instrument for the development of the electricity sub-sector with the aim of providing electric power for all and at an affordable price. by 2035.

Despite the significant resources available to the country (uranium, coal, solar energy and hydropower), its access rate to electricity was 12.22% in 2017, with a high dependence on energy consumption outside, according to official statistics.

All domestic production including purchases from the Nigerian Coal Company (Sonichar) and energy produced in the Nigerien power plants (Nigelec), as well as the contribution of the Goroubanda plant since 2017, was estimated in 2017 at 364 gigawatts for a national consumption climbing to 1,244 GW.

On Friday approval of the National Electricity Policy Document (DPNE), the government said in a statement, aims to provide the country with “a strategic instrument for the development of the electricity sub-sector with the aim of to ensure electricity for all and to valorize national energy resources “.

As a reminder, in order to increase its energy independence, Niger is considering, among other things, the introduction of solar energy with the forthcoming completion of the Malabaza (center) photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of 7 megawatts, the construction of a hybrid power plant of 19 MW planned in 2019 in Agadez (north), as well as other solar power plants planned in independent production around the capital, Niamey, and in the interior of the country, says one to the ministry of Energy.

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