The Malian government has passed two decrees relating to the planned solar power plant projects Ségou and Fana with a total output of 83 MW.
The concession agreement for the 33 MW Ségou power plant, which was concluded in 2015 with the electricity company Ségou Solaire, was the subject of a change. The change concerns the reduction in the cost of carrying out the project, which has been made possible by the drop in prices for solar systems in recent years. A further adjustment was made to the implementation clauses of the Ségou power plant project itself.
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“The delay observed in the implementation of the project and the decrease in the sales price per kilowatt hour made it necessary to revise the contract, in particular with regard to the definition of certain terms, i.e. the applicable right of substitution of the buyer tax and customs regimes as well as the modalities for implementation of the guarantee agreement ”, reads a report from the Council of Ministers.
The decree on the 50 MW Fana solar power plant
The government has also clarified the terms of the concession agreement for the 50 MW Fana solar power plant. The latter now defines the legal framework of the agreement concluded by the West African country with the company Legendre Energy, Renewable Energies and Sustainable Development and a subsidiary of the Legendre Group.
The state has therefore set up an ad hoc unit, Fana Solar Power, which has signed a power buyback agreement with Energie du Mali, Mali's national electricity company. The concession period for power plants was set at 30 years and the construction costs were estimated at USD 108 million.
Implementing all of these projects will enable the West African country to reduce its energy deficit and increase the proportion of its population with access to electricity.