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 and solar to add to the country’s 2200 MW of installed capacity. Although there is strong potential for renewable energy investment, improving and simplifying the tender process could help attract greater interest. In terms of hydrocarbons, Côte d’Ivoire has a significant amount of unexplored territory in its waters, and adequate investment incentives will play a significant role in precipitating any future discoveries. The country is also working to develop the mining industry and exploit known pockets of key mineral resources, such as gold, bauxite, diamonds and nickel.
This chapter contains an interview with Eric Amoussouga, CEO for Francophone Africa, General Electric; and Christine Logbo-Kossi, Executive Director, Chamber of Mines of Côte d’Ivoire.