It will have a capacity of 70 MW and will constitute the feasibility test for the construction of 9 other similar plants. The United States is funding it.
The world’s first cocoa waste plant will be built in Côte d’Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire. The plant will use biomass waste from the processing of seeds and fruits from the cocoa plantation, of which the African country is one of the world’s leading producers.
The government itself announced that the initiative, with an investment of $ 273 million, would have received final approval. Yapi Ogou, director of the New Energies Company (Soden) responsible for the project, drew up the plan: the objective is to build and commission a 60 to 70 MW power plant by 2023, which will serve as a test for further electrical development in this direction. If the project works as planned, the country could build 9 more power plants fueled by cocoa waste.
Why this police? Because the country, along with Ghana, has more than half of the world’s cocoa production thanks to intensive cultivation that often comes at the expense of forest and animal health.
Côte d’Ivoire currently produces around 2 million tonnes of cocoa per year, which also means millions of tonnes of pods discarded after the beans are extracted and left to rot or burn. The use of this biomass is part of the government project aimed at achieving the national objective which sets the biomass power to be installed on its territory at 424 MW in 2030.
Unlike many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the country has a reliable source of energy and currently exports electricity to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo. However, rapid economic growth is putting pressure on supply, forcing the country to prepare for growing future demand.
As the United States Embassy in Abidjan explained, the new cocoa factory is one of five projects selected to receive grants from the United States Agency for Trade and Development (USTDA), which has already funded feasibility studies for the plant with nearly $ 1 million.