To develop and upgrade the electricity grid in Côte d’Ivoire, the French Development Agency (AFD) joined forces with CI-Energies on a funding campaign. The first step of the campaign involved rehabilitating the Buyo hydropower plant (165 MW, 727 GWh).
This facility suffers from alkali-silica reaction or “concrete cancer,” which causes major deterioration.
In 2016, AFD asked setec to make an assessment of the rehabilitation needs. This highlighted the urgent need to renovate the G3 turbine, which had lain idle since the end of 2015. In 2017, setec pursued its technical assistance, focusing on developing technical specifications and specifying the required budget for the G3 renovation.