In accordance with the « Plan Stratégique Gabon Émergent », the Gabonese Government is committed to providing its people with affordable, clean electricity, by increasing the country’s renewable energy mix to 80%, by using hydro as baseload power. In this context, the Gabonese Government signed a development agreement for Kinguele Aval with Meridiam and the FGIS (the Gabonese sovereign fund) in March 2017.
The Kinguele Aval Hydropower project will deliver about 13% of the electricity needs of Libreville, the capital city of Gabon. This power plant will contribute to replacing thermal power capacity and will save more than 150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year*.
The project consists of the design, building, financing, operation and maintenance of a 35-MW hydropower plant developed on the Mbei River and a substation. It is very close to the transmission line connecting the two existing hydropower plants upstream to Libreville, therefore no additional transmission line is required. A 33-year concession agreement (inclusive of three years of construction) was signed with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Budget and the Ministry of Water and Energy in October 2019.
During the early design stage of the Project, Meridiam searched the optimum balance between maximizing energy production and minimizing environmental and social impacts. This resulted in the size of the reservoir being divided by nearly 2 compared to initial plans. The ESIA process, managed by Meridiam and its E&S advisors (EDF, Artelia and Biotope), has confirmed a low impact on fauna and flora and that no resettlement of local population would be required.
In 2019, the Project received its environment and social certificate from the Gabonese authorities. The Project’s management plans include concrete social and environment actions to foster capacity building and benefit local communities:
Source: : Plan Stratégique Gabon Emergent, https://www.undp.org/
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Contribution to electricity needs of Libreville
of CO2 avoided annually*
*Assuming Kinguélé energy production is replacing energy produced entirely by thermal production facilities
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