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BRT Dakar

An innovative project, unprecedented in Africa, which includes the construction, operation and maintenance for 15 years of this new clean transport network entirely dedicated to 100% electric buses

A concrete project in favor of the energy transition, offering not only a solution adapted to the challenge of climate change, but also an efficient alternative to the existing diesel bus network. It is scheduled to be in service by the end of 2023.

 

Background:

The Dakar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is part of a comprehensive plan to restructure the capital city’s transport network by 2025.

 

It comprises two components:

 

  • a hard infrastructure component, procured by the authorities, mainly comprising the construction of lanes, stations, and garages for the exclusive use of the future BRT buses

 

  • an operational infrastructure component, tendered as a PPP, encompassing the procurement and maintenance of a 140+ bus fleet together with associated systems and equipment as well as the operation of the network for a duration of 10 years

 

Senegal has been experiencing a strong demographic growth over the last decade of almost 3% per year (1). Combined with the increased migration from rural areas to Dakar, Senegal’s economic and political capital is predicted to grow substantially over the next decade.

 

In 2019, Meridiam bid for the operational infrastructure PPP contract. While the tender documents were requiring a minimum of Euro V diesel buses, such solution appeared to present significant risks, and cause resilience and pollution issues. Leveraging on their know-how of electric mobility, Meridiam and its partner Keolis (subsidiary of French national rail company SNCF) based their offer on a more innovative solution using electric buses.

In July 2020, the Meridiam-led consortium was invited to enter into direct negotiations with the Authorities.

 

 

An Environmental and Social Impact assessment (“ESI ”) was approved by the World Bank and, as required by disclosure policies, it was made publicly available on CETUD’s website.

The project is expected to have major positive impact, such as improving traffic conditions and eventually air quality, improving accessibility, fostering the development of side businesses and creating jobs.

 

The environmental risk is low due to the technology selected, and social risk is considered as medium due to the following key mitigation measures:

 

  •  A rigorous ESAP and ESMS shall be developed and put in place by the project company with the support of a best-in-class E&S advisor

 

  • Local recruitment programmes shall be implemented and supported by the Project Company marketing/communication programme

 

  • Solid training programmes to limit as much as possible the incidents/accidents on the BRT line

 

  • Recycling of bus batteries by the bus supplier

 

  • A waste management plan shall be developed and implemented to mitigate pollution risk

 

 

Stage:

Commercial Close

 

 

(1) https://data.worldbank.org/country/senegal

 

Photo source : https://www.cetud.sn/index.php/projets/brt-dakar

 

 

2025

Plan to restructure the capital's city transport network by 2025

140+

bus fleet

Innovative solution

using electric buses

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