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40MW BESS system to be constructed in West Africa

The PETN windfarm is the largest wind farm in West Africa. (Image source: Infinity Power)

Infinity Power, a joint venture between Infinity and Masdar, has signed a 20-year capacity change agreement with Senegal’s national electricity company, Senelec, to supply 40MW through a battery energy storage system (BESS)

When delivered, the system will enable Senelec to stabilise the nation’s electricity grid and pave the way for further renewable energy growth in Senegal. It will be operated by Infinity Power’s Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) windfarm which, located approximately 70 km north of Dakar, supplies 158.7MW of clean, renewable wind energy across Senegal. 

The battery energy storage system is expected to become operation in 2025, following the start of construction in early 2024 and will be one of the largest of its kind in West Africa. With this project, Infinity Power aims to further its commitment to empowering a future of sustainable, renewable energy across Africa. 

Mohamed Ismail Mansour, chairman of Infinity Power, remarked, “The capacity charge agreement we have signed with Senelec marks a significant milestone on our roadmap towards providing clean, reliable and affordable electricity access to the communities and citizens of Senegal. Battery storage offers incredible opportunities for Senegal to reap the benefits of renewables, while ensuring people get a secure, reliable supply of energy. We are excited to begin a promising new chapter in Senegal and further strengthen our work in the renewable energy sector.”

Nayer Fouad, CEO of Infinity Power, said, “Providing renewable energy isn’t just about improving capacity, but also the infrastructure around it. We’re looking forward to starting construction on this battery storage project in Senegal, expanding on our existing Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, and helping to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. Our ambition is to have projects in every country in Africa, and we can’t wait to see what technology we can explore to help deliver clean energy to even more people.”

Papa Mademba Biteye, general manager at Senelec, added, “Senegal is constantly eyeing opportunities to push ahead its renewable energy agenda by embarking on solutions that speeds up its transition to a low-carbon economy. The capacity charge agreement project with Infinity Power plays a pivotal role across both operational and financial levels through a long-term guaranteed performance to provide increased grid stability, integrate renewable energy into Senelec’s electricity grid and empower Senegal in becoming an independent power producer.”

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