Abidjan, CI, March 2, 2017: As the source of 12 major rivers, Guinea is endowed with significant hydropower potential. Since commissioning the 240 megawatt (MW) Kaleta hydropower plant in May 2015, total power production has roughly doubled and can now finally meet demands.
The national grid, managed by the national utility, Electricité de Guinée (EDG), serves greater Conakry, with several isolated grid networks providing service elsewhere.
Despite strong resource potential and long-term opportunities to export low-cost electricity throughout West Africa, Guinea’s power sector is transforming. The country has taken steps to improve the energy market and with EDG having recently entered a management contract with a French company, Veolia to improve operational performance, funded by the World Bank.
During his recent visit to Conakry, Guinea to attend the official launch of the OMVG interconnection project, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M Sherif paid a courtesy visit with the new Managing Director of the EDG, Mr. Abdenbi Attou. During the meeting, Mr. Sherif provided updates on the progress and challenges of the CLSG project implementation.
Mr. Attou welcomed the TRANSCO CLSG team including the Director of Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Ettienne Bailly, Senior Strategic Advisor, Amadou Diallo, and the Country Manager Abdoulaye Keita, and promised to work with TRANSCO CLSG to ensure full project implementation.
EDG has been placed under the supervision of the French company VEOLIA-SEREUCA since August 2015. The national electricity company, Électricité de Guinée (EDG), newly appointed General Manager, Abdenbi Attou’s appointment was by a presidential decree on December 30, 2016. He succeeds Augustin Lovichi.
Véolia is charged with the responsibility to rehabilitate and expand EDG’s electricity infrastructure, improving EDG’s technical, commercial and financial performance, restructuring the company and modernizing its operating, maintenance and management equipment, and finally Strengthen the skills of staff.