The Ivory Coast is planning two gas-fired power plants as it attempts to develop a power sector capable of keeping pace with its burgeoning economy.

One gas-fired power station will be built near its commercial capital Abidjan later this year with work on a second plant due to start by 2017, a government official said on Thursday.
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Ivory Coast’s economy, as the world’s top cocoa grower has been accelerating of late, with demand for electricity increasing by about 10 per cent annually.

The government wants to double output to 4,000 MW by 2020.

The new Songon power station to be built near Abidjan and a plant in Grand Bassam about 40 km away will each produce about 370 MW. Both projects are being privately financed.

“The agreement has been signed, the technical study is underway, and if all goes well construction will begin before the end of the year,” Amidou Traore, director of the power sector management agency CI-Energies, said of the Songon plant.