Development strategy

Becoming a reference in Africa

Eranove group has embarked on a new growth phase to increase the added values of its know-how and the resulting performances.

By concentrating on its two core businesses: public service management (electricity, potable water, sewage, transport, etc.) and electricity and potable water production, eranove Group commits itself to facing the challenges of growth in Africa.

Its priorities: to strengthen its presence on the African continent, to become an international reference, an exemplary actor in terms of public service management and electricity and potable water production.

Quality public services

According to UNO-Habitat figures, Africa’s urban population is going to double before 2030.
This urbanisation is accompanied by a growing middle class that consumes goods and services.
In this context investment is required in the infrastructures that are needed to improve living conditions in urban areas.

As early as 1987 eranove was able to gain the trust of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
SODECI, CIE and SDE have proposed innovating solutions and technologies for electricity and potable water production. Recognised for the quality of their commitment to civil society, SDE and CIPREL are amongst the rare companies to have reached the confirmed level under the ISO 26000 standard in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eranove Group defends a high ideal of public service and permanently strives in favour of the well-being of populations. Thus, for example, Eranove Group accompanied the government of Côte d’Ivoire during the successive crises that have shaken the country, by maintaining distribution of water and electricity for the population, businesses and public services.

Meeting an increasing demand for electricity and potable water

According to World Bank and United Nations studies, electricity production in the interconnected network should increase by 9% per year in West Africa, and by 7% in Central Africa until 2020 if it is to cover peak demands (respectively ~19,000 MW and 7,900 MW in 2020).

As for potable water, globally daily needs for water are generating increasing competition between cities, farmers, industry, energy suppliers and ecosystems. Target 7.C of the Millennium Development Targets (MDT) is to “reduce by half the percentage of the world population that does not have sustainable access to basic potable water and sewage treatment services by 2015″ (source: OECD perspectives 2050).

In sub-Saharan Africa the estimated level of investment required would be 40.8 billion USD per year for electricity infrastructures and 21.9 billion USD per year for water and sewage infrastructure (source: UNO, Public-Private Partnerships, 2011).

Eranove Group, through the skills of its subsidiaries of Côte d’Ivoire CIPREL (432 MW thermal power station (gas turbine) + 111MW steam turbine under construction) and CIE (operator of 6 hydro-electric sites, a gas fired power station and sixty isolated thermal power stations) is studying new electricity production projects in order to participate in the growth of the continent’s production capacities.

Similarly, the competences of SODECI and SDE make it possible to make concrete and adapted proposals to produce potable water in Africa.