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Republic of Guinea

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The Republic of Guinea is French-speaking country located on the Western coast of the African content, bordered by Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Mali to the north and Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to the south. The country has an area of about 245,860 km2 and a population of 12.4 million. Approximately 38% of the country’s population lives in urban areas and Conakry is the capital. This lower income country has a strong mining and agriculture sector and is naturally endowed with mining and agricultural resources.

Guinea is reliant on hydropower and thermal power as its main sources of energy. Even so, the country has a number of river basins with significant hydropower potential, which has not been effectively maximized for hydropower generation. Electrification is low at 33% of the population and the national grid, managed by Electricité de Guinée (EDG), serves greater Conakry, with isolated grid networks providing electricity in other parts.

The 2012 National Energy Policy sets an objective to promote renewable energy and increase its share (excluding large hydropower) to 10% by 2020. Guinea has an average annual insolation of about 5 kWh/m2/day and sunshine duration averaging 2,700 hours a year, which indicates an opportunity for commercial viability of solar projects.

The Khoumagueli plant, in the Kindia prefecture in western Guinea, is the first grid-connected solar power plant being developed in Guinea since 2017 and is expected to deliver 40 MW to the national grid. The plant will complement power supplied by the 75 MW Garafiri hydro plant nearby and is expected to mitigate the impact of seasonal rainfall fluctuation on hydro power supply. During low rainfall, the hydro plan will be able to slow operations and store water during the day, when the solar plant is in operation, and then run its turbines at high capacity at night. The complementing energies could result in a 20% improvement in the hydropower plant's efficiency and minimize disruptions to supply. The French government and Guinea's Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics are developing the Khoumagueli project under bilateral agreements. InfraCo Africa has provided funding of USD 3.1 million for the project and is collaborating with French solar PV developer, Solvéo Energie S.A.S to develop it.

The International Development Association of the World Bank also approved a USD 50 million financing in February 2019 for the Guinea Electricity Access Scale Up Project to help increase access to electricity in selected areas of the country. As part of the four-year project, public-private partnerships will be piloted to bring electricity services to remote localities using solar mini-grids.

NFP Details: 

Ms. Chantal Colle

Ambassadeur Climat-Energies Renouvelables

Aprete N0 2018 MEH/SGG BP 1217

Tel: 00224 664 215 151

Tel: +33 63 25 51 51 00 337 632 551 51 (Mob)

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West African Power Pool

The West African Power Pool is a cooperation of the national electricity companies in Western Africa under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States. The members of WAPP, includign Guinea, are working for establishing a reliable power grid for the region and a common market for electricity.

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