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Acwa Power to build desalination and CCGT plants in Senegal
Saudi developer signs MOUs with national water and electricity companies
Michael Marray 5 Oct 2022

Acwa Power has signed memorandums of agreement on the development of a desalination project and a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant in Senegal.

In collaboration with the National Water Company of Senegal (Sones), Acwa Power will oversee the development of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facility with a capacity of 300,000 cubic metres per day in Grande Côte. Located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, the SWRO will be the first desalination project in the country that is being facilitated on a public-private partnership basis, as well as the largest desalination project of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.

The second MOU will see Acwa Power working closely with the National Electricity Company of Senegal (Senelec) to develop a CCGT plant in Cap des Biches, with an initial design capacity of 160 megawatts.

The CCGT project is in line with Senegal’s gas-to-power strategy, which aims to bolster its energy independence, reduce the cost of electricity, provide universal access to electricity, and contribute to the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 23% by 2030.

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