The Kandadji Program is supporting economic development and helping improve the well-being of populations in Niger by promoting the use of local energy resources. The 130 MW hydropower plant situated on the Niger River will contribute to increasing and securing the country’s power generation capacity.
Indeed, despite the recent commissioning of the Gorou Banda thermal power plant (80 MW), the untimely outages during peak times continue to place a strain on the country’s economy. In the near future, the Government of Niger therefore wants to increase its power generation, diversify its production mix, reduce its dependence on energy imports and improve the competitiveness of its energy mix by reducing spending on hydrocarbons.
The project involves the provision of hydro-electromechanical equipment for the power plant and is cofinanced with the World Bank. The facilities will be built in two stages with the following adaptations: a first for the operation of the dam at elevation 224, i.e. an average annual generation of 435 GWh, and the second at elevation 228 will provide an average annual generation of 660 GWh, bringing the total length of the dam embankment to 8 km.
The overall objective is to contribute to reducing poverty by naturally regenerating river ecosystems, improving food security and covering electricity needs. It will replenish low water levels downstream, from where it will be possible to implement activities to achieve the objectives of combating the degradation of the ecosystem of the Niger River and securing socioeconomic activities in the area. The construction of this dam requires the displacement of some 50,000 people for which a resettlement and support program has been set up.
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