Benin wants to inject 761 billion FCFA in 2021

The Beninese Minister of Energy, Jean-Claude Houssou. Photo: Energy Gov

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The Beninese government is considering energy autonomy in 2021 throughout Benin, with a financial envelope of 761 billion CFA francs, announced Thursday in Cotonou, the Beninese Minister of Energy, Jean-Claude Houssou.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 1st International Summit on Electricity in Africa, Jean-Claude Houssou said that the ambition of the Beninese government goes beyond the energy autonomy of the country, for target surpluses for the West African energy market.

He said that the reforms and ambitious energy projects launched by the Beninese executive since 2016, will install 500 MW of electric power capacity by 2023 against less than 50 MW currently available, a rise in renewable energy, by almost 33% in 2020, and 44% in five years, in 2023, in the energy mix, an additional capacity of 370 MW of clean and cheaper energy projected by 2025.

“Benin, being structurally deficient in electric energy, the government of President Patrice Talon, decided to change this paradigm with a vision by giving visibility methodically,” he said.

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