Construction has begun on a 375 MW combined-cycle power plant in Ivory Coast.

The €500m ($560m) Songon plant, located near Abidjan, will feature two 126 MW gas turbines and a 120 MW steam turbine from GE, and is planned to come online in 2018. Subsequent development phases are planned to increase the plant’s capacity to 1200 MW. 

The site will include an integrated fuel solution composed of purpose-built LNG import infrastructure and a floating storage and regasification unit.

Construction work will be led by China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) for two independent power producers, Texas-based Endeavor Energy and Ivorian firm Star Energie 2073, which are jointly undertaking the project.

The companies said Endeavor Energy will own a majority of the project equity and will provide construction management, fuel management and commercial management services.

The bulk of the project’s financing comes from China Construction Bank, which is contributing 75 per cent, with the rest coming from several companies including GE and Star Energie 2073.  

“Songon will add much needed generation capacity to Côte d’Ivoire’s IPP thermal fleet and, through its LNG importation infrastructure, will allow the country to continue to develop new power generation projects relying on environmentally friendly natural gas,” Endeavor Energy said in a statement.