Toyota Tsusho Corporation has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with the new Société béninoise de production d’électricité (SBPE) to develop a 25MW solar power plant in Pobe Municipal Council in the south-eastern flank of the republic of Benin.
The facility is the second phase of the Illoulofin photovoltaic solar power plant.
The first phase of the project, which cost 60.5Million euros, was financed by the State of Benin with the support of the European Union (EU) and the French Development Agency (AFD). Like the planned second phase, it is also 25MW at peak and was completed in July 2022, equipped with 47,212 solar modules, 113 inverters, six 3,515 kVA transformer substations, computer-assisted automatic control of the power plant and anti-intrusion surveillance and security systems.
Going the route of a public-private partnership (PPP) for the second phase clearly eases the burden for SBPE. Toyota Tsusho, a subsidiary of the Toyota Group, will be working with RMT, a German EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) company, a subsidiary of the French group Eiffage, which built the first phase of the Illoulofin solar power plant. The second phase is due to come on stream in 2024.
Toyota Tsusho is growing its portfolio of renewable energy projects in Africa. In Kenya, it is on course of constructing the Menengai geothermal power station (35 MW) in the Rift Valley, on behalf of Globeleq, the British independent power producer (IPP). The company is also investing in seawater desalination, with a contract won in Senegal to build the Mamelles plant, as part of a consortium with India’s VA Tech Wabag and France’s Eiffage Génie Civil.
In Egypt, Toyota Tsusho is in concert with Engie and Egyptian flagship Orascom Construction to install a 500 MW wind farm in Ras Ghareb, on the Gulf of Suez.