The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved the eligibility assessment for compliance review for the construction of the 125MW Coal Sendou Power Plant Project in Bargny Minam village, Senegal.

The €206M project, to be located at 32 km from the city of Dakar [pictured], was originally approved in 2009. AfDB is co-financing the project with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD) and the Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden.

Being developed on a ‘build, own, and operate’ basis, the project targets to supply up to 40% of Senegal’s electricity, 80% of which derives from diesel-fuelled power generation.

Coal for the plant will be imported via sea and unloaded at Dakar harbour from where it will be transported by trucks to the coal storage site on the plant. The project aims at producing at least 925GWh of electricity annually.

The AfDB board has also asked the panel of the Independent Review Mechanism experts to carry out further probes to clarify issues raised by two groups on behalf of affected members of the communities in Bargny, Senegal.

The bank said that after the complaints, it will ensure that adequate mitigating measures are put in place before the plant becomes operational by the end of 2017.

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