On Monday 22 March 2021, the official signing of a contract between MCA-Senegal II and the SOFRECO-RTE International consortium marked the start of a 5-year project that will result in the reinforcement of the high voltage network in the Senegalese capital. This project, estimated at USD 403 million, is part of the Senegal-II compact funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (USA).
The project will support the efforts already undertaken by the state-owned company, Senelec, to ensure the security and reliability of the electricity supply to the Dakar peninsula, while guaranteeing the long-term stability of the network. It will result in the laying of two 225 kV underground cables, the creation of two new 225/90 kV GIS substations and the construction of a 225 kV submarine cable crossing the bay of Gorée.
The consortium led by SOFRECO is in charge of managing the projectand is responsible for the successful completion of the various works. As leader of the Consortium, SOFRECO will coordinate all design activities, carried out in collaboration with RTE International, which will lead the technical studies, and the selection of the companies responsible for the works. From 2023 and for a period of 4 years, SOFRECO will supervise all the works, thanks to the presence of its teams on site. SOFRECO will also be in charge of defining and applying the environmental and social measures that will have been defined during the design studies, in collaboration with the EGIS Group.
"This ambitious project, which will require the deployment of some twenty people over five years, is a challenge worthy of our group. We can indeed rely on our vast experience in electrification projects in West Africa, as well as on the expertise of our partners” said Michel Berd, Director of the Infrastructure, Energy and Transport Department at SOFRECO.