Côte d'Ivoire Energy

Chapter | Energy & Mining from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2020

Côte d’Ivoire has traditionally based its energy supply on a combination of gas-fired generation and hydropower, being the first in sub-Saharan Africa to leverage the use of independent power producers for energy generation. However, the need to fulfil rising demand and make up for years of underinvestment in the early 2000s is driving diversification of the energy mix, with a focus on biomass...

Côte d’Ivoire is an economic powerhouse in West Africa, posting average growth of 8% between 2011 and 2018. However, the rate of GDP growth in real terms fell to 6.7% in 2019 and is expected to contract to 2.7% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread shutdowns. Looking to the future, the IMF expects growth to rebound to 8.7% in 2021, highlighting the country’s economic resilience. 

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Alongside the development of generation capacity, much of the energy sector’s priorities in recent years have revolved around improving transmission and distribution. Although Côte d’Ivoire has one of the largest electricity networks in West Africa, expanding access and efficiency has at times proven to be a challenge, and efforts to improve...

 

In terms of increasing electricity access, what challenges does Côte d’Ivoire need to overcome?

 

In what ways has the mining sector developed in recently, and what challenges does it currently face?

 

Although Côte d’Ivoire has traditionally based its energy supply on a combination of gas-fired generation and hydropower, the need to fulfil rising demand and make up for years of underinvestment in the 2000s is driving the diversification of the country’s energy mix. Strong economic growth since 2011 has increased residential electricity...

 

With a renewed focus on promoting its hydrocarbons potential, Côte d’Ivoire is aiming to bring fresh investment to the exploration and development of its oil and gas resources. Although the country has the hydrocarbons-rich Gulf of Guinea along its shores, sizeable discoveries have eluded oil companies in recent years. “We have had small oil...

 

Although Côte d’Ivoire has long been recognised for its production and export of food crops, some of its other natural resources have been comparatively underexplored. To reverse this trend, the authorities are working to encourage the development of the mining industry and exploit known pockets of key mineral resources, such as gold, bauxite...

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