News | September 27, 2022

ACWA POWER Inks MOUS With The National Water Company Of Senegal And The National Electricity Company Of Senegal To Establish Desalination Facility And Natural Gas Power Plant

  • 300,000 m3/d SWRO development will be the largest desalination project of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Supporting Senegal’s Gas-to-Power strategy, Cap des Biches-based CCGT plant will have an initial design capacity of 160 MW

ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalination and green hydrogen plants worldwide, announced that it has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with both the National Water Company of Senegal (SONES) and the National Electricity Company of Senegal (SENELEC), in the presence of H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih, Minister of Investment, and Mr. Fahd bin Ali Al-Dosary, the Saudi Ambassador to Senegal.

In close collaboration with SONES, ACWA Power will oversee the development of a 300,000 m3/d seawater reverse osmosis plant (SWRO) in Grande Côte. Located approximately 40 km North-East of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, the SWRO development will serve as 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 announced will see ACWA Power working closely with SENELEC to develop a Combined Cycle Gas-Turbine (CCGT) plant in Cap des Biches with an initial design capacity of 160 MW. In line with Senegal’s Gas-to-Power strategy, which aims to increase the country’s energy independence, reduce the cost of electricity, and provide universal access to electricity, the development of the new facility will furthermore assist the country’s efforts to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 23% by 2030.

ACWA Power’s global power generation portfolio of 42.7 GW, comprises a mix of conventional power, natural gas, and renewable energy solutions. The company remains dedicated to its mandate to deliver reliable and sustainable electricity and desalinated water at a low cost across the countries it operates in.