Electrifying Mali and Burkina Faso’s urban and rural centers
The two countries of Burkina Faso and Mali share a geographical disadvantage in that they are landlocked with a low rate of access to electricity. What they also share is poor networks with neighboring countries, which makes electricity importation complicated. As a consequence, a substantial part of their electricity is produced from diesel engines that run partially off heavy fuel oil. This has harmful effects on the environment and is financially costly. The members of the Sahel Alliance have therefore studied this major challenge: how to increase the coverage of this basic service in a sustainable manner, in view of the lack of local electricity generation, and how to do so without impacting the environment.
The answer lies in the electricity interconnection project. This essential building block is based upon the construction of an interconnection that should enable Burkina Faso and Mali to benefit from less expensive and less polluting energy than that is generated locally. In parallel, this project includes a component that is intended to electrify Mali’s centers of high consumption. This globally involves large urban and rural centers, although the exact scope is yet to be determined.
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