The issue of energy is critically important in Africa. One billion people live there today, but only 40% of them have daily access to electricity. Because the continent’s energy revolution is such a vital challenge for the coming years, ENGIE is taking action. We review some of the Group’s key initiatives in Africa.
To support development and the energy transition in Africa, ENGIE is implementing concrete initiatives that will provide sustainable access to electricity for as many people as possible.
In Morocco, for example, ENGIE operates Tarfaya wind farm, the largest wind farm in Africa with a capacity of 301 MW.
In South Africa, the Aurora Wind Power facility, with a capacity of 94 MW, allows annual CO2 savings of 5 million tonnes, while ENGIE is building a concentrated solar thermal plant in Kathu with a capacity of 100 MW. Other solar parks using photovoltaic panels are operated by ENGIE, such as those of Aurora and Vredendal.
In parallel to these activities, ENGIE is also designing innovative solutions enabling remote rural zones that are not connected to power grids to benefit from local energy sources. Thanks to microgrids, which are decentralized local networks relying on natural resources, remote populations can enjoy sustainable electricity for their daily needs.
ENGIE furnishes villages and localities with complete solar kits. In particular, the Group is active in Tanzania with the PowerCorner project.
ENGIE provides the African continent with expertise that covers the entire value chain of natural gas, an essential fuel for the energy transition whose role is to supplement renewable energies. In particular, is ENGIE installing infrastructure for importing and transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and developing LNG solutions for the retail sector.
In Africa, the Group’s expertise in matters of energy efficiency and facility management (management of energy infrastructures) is beneficial in many countries. In Morocco, for instance, ENGIE:
is improving the energy performance of mosques through its “Green Mosques” program;
is involved in the creation of the new Casa Marina urban center;
recently extended its facility management contract in Renault plants.
ENGIE also provides a comprehensive offer of engineering services through its subsidiary, Tractebel ENGIE, which carries out technical studies and supervises the design of structures in the energy sector (hydroelectricity, natural gas, renewable energies, etc.), major water infrastructures, transport systems and building complexes.
ENGIE is also present in the sector of green and sustainable mobility, helping ease congestion and improve traffic flows in city centers and reducing the environmental footprint of freight transport. In Africa, several initiatives are contributing to shaping the transport of tomorrow, such as:
the design and construction of the future rail line connecting the city of Dakar to its airport
the extension of the Casablanca tram network.
ENGIE is also a social investor in Africa, particularly through its solidarity investment fund, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Énergies. It works with local partners and charities to provide more widespread access to sustainable and responsible energy, as well as improving access to healthcare, promoting educational support and fostering good citizenship.
As a result of all these initiatives, ENGIE has established itself as a key partner in the energy transition in Africa.