Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project


CDM PROJECT: 80MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine in Maria Gleta (Republic of BENIN)

Host Country:  Republic of BENIN

Project participants: Government of BENIN (Project Owner, CERs Seller).

BERVIAC (Consultant and promoter of the CDM)


Project description: The government of Benin takes a strong action to increase the rate of electrification in the country. One of the actions towards attaining that objective is the construction of this 80MW plant.The Californian based company Combustion Associates, Inc (CAI) is the technology provider for the Combined Cycle Gas Turbine.

The plant will run fully on Natural Gas coming directly from the West African Gas Pipeline Company limited (WAPCo) that starts in Alagbado station in the North of Lagos Nigeria and pass through Benin, Togo and end up for the moment in Ghana. The electricity produced will be sent directly to the grid. In the same location there is already a diesel power plant producing energy for the grid. There is therefore no need to construct a new transmission line.

For the same amount of electricity produced, the CCGT will produce less than half of greenhouse gases (especially CO2) that will be produced if diesel thermal generators are used as in the case of  Benin.

Target Group: Buyers, Project finance sources

Project types: Non-renewable energy production with less GHG intensive fuel

Activity scale: Large (normal)

Methodologies used: AM0029

Current status of CDM project: PDD and Letter of Approval (LoA), soon the validation.

Expected date of issuance: 2016

Expected amount of CERs within the first crediting period

Annual: 77’680 tCO2-equivalent

Socio-Economic Aspects: Many socio-economic benefits are associated to this project. First, the energy availability means households will spend less time and money in finding energy solutions. These saved time and money will be used for other (revenue generating) activities. For example many parents can run small businesses with the savings and the use of available energy; children can help less in the household and study more and therefore get better educated… overall, the micro economy will improve as a result of this project. More than 20 direct and permanents jobs and 100 temporary jobs (especially during construction) will be created. This is reducing the unemployment of the region and increasing the life standards of families. The workers will re-invest their revenues in buying other services in the region and stimulate the economy as a whole.

This is a clear technology transfer project from the North (USA) to developing country (Benin). Local people will be trained to operate the project and further projects will easily be implemented because of then existing local capacity.

The project will also reduce the energy importation from Ghana and Nigeria and therefore improve the economic balance of the country as a whole. 


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