Strongly dependent on its Nigerian neighbor for its electricity supply, Niger announced this week the signing of a cooperation agreement with France within the framework of the project of hydroelectric dam of Kandadji. This new partnership should make it possible, through the allocation of 50 million euros of funding, to finalize the construction of the dam and supply the capital Niamey.
While Nigeria currently supplies more than 60 percent of Niger’s electricity needs, it is still insufficient and the public company Nigelec, in charge of generating electricity in the country, is unable to meet the needs of the population . The capital Niamey and large urban centers such as Dosso or Tillabéri are victims of recurring cuts hampering economic development already sticky.
To remedy this situation, in recent years the government has launched several projects, including the construction of the Kandadji dam, located in Dessa south of Ayérou, for which France is expected to allocate an additional 50 million euros.
On the occasion of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini’s visit to France last week, the two countries have indeed sealed a new cooperation agreement for the next three years. The construction of this dam, which began in 2011 and is subject to numerous delays, will make it possible, among other things, to secure the agglomeration of Niamey in the supply of drinking water, to produce electricity with a capacity of 125 MW, and To ensure a low flow of 120 m3 / second on the Niger River.
Other major energy projects are also underway in Niger, such as the Salkadamna coal-fired power station managed by the US company Sources California Energy, whose construction is still slow, despite the launch of the works in June 2014, and the Goroubanda thermal power plant, Near Niamey, whose works are executed at more than 90% and which will soon supply an additional 100 MW.