The BBC reported on 9th June that Côte d’Ivoire is in the latter stages of building a large power plant capable of powering millions of homes, and it all runs off the wasted shells of the country’s cocoa production.
The country, which is the world’s largest cocoa producer, can make such an investment viable. The biomass power station will be located in a town called Divo, which is a southern city with a population of circa 180,000, where much of the cocoa is produced.
When it’s completed, it will be the largest biomass power plant in West Africa. According to the company involved in the construction, vorian company Société des Energies Nouvelles (Soden).
This plant alone will be able to meet the electricity needs of 1.7 million people – says Yapi Ogou
The country believes that when the plant is up and running, it will be able to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by around 4.5 million tons when compared against the existing means of power generation. The station will output between 46 and 70MW of electricity annually, says Ogou.