CIPREL the Compagnie Ivoirienne de production d’électricité is an independent electricity producer located in Abidjan on the Vridi industrial zone.
CIPREL is an independent electricity producer owned by the French eranove Group and founded in 1994 by the government of Côte d’Ivoire to meet the country’s growing energy needs.
The CIPREL thermal power station which is located in the Vridi industrial zone of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), is the most powerful power station in the country.
Combustion turbines (gas turbines) are used for production using natural gas extracted off the Ivory Coast shoreline. The electricity delivered to the electricity network comes from clean production that also uses a national natural resource.
Thanks to the professionalism and expertise of its staff, every year from the very beginning CIPREL has met the country’s full electricity demand by keeping the power station’s availability (outside programmed maintenance) at over 97%.
General Electric, the manufacturer of CIPREL’s 7 turbines, acknowledges the performances of the CIPREL operation, especially via a strategic Western and Central African co-development partnership agreement signed with eranove group in April 2013.
The commitment to produce made and respected by CIPREL each year makes it possible for the state to benefit from a reliable and competitive energy source required for the socio-economic development of the country and the region.
Investments After a period of construction, the company began its electricity production activities in March 1995 with the CIPREL I tranche of 100 MW including three combustion turbines of a capacity of 33 MW each.
In June 1997, the second tranche (CIPREL II) composed of a 111 MW combustion turbine was put into service, taking CIPREL’s capacity to 210 MW.
With CIPREL III, a new 111 MW turbine was added to the power station in December 2009, bringing total production capacity to 321 MW.
In December 2011, following the success of the first three phases, the respect of its commitments to the government of Côte d’Ivoire, and the 24 billion KWh already produced, CIPREL was awarded a new extension using a new technology to accompany the economic kick start of the economy in Côte d’Ivoire: CIPREL IV.
CIPREL IV represents a total investment (including financing) of c.225 billion francs CFA (c. 340 million Euros) for an additional 222 MW in a combined cycle.
The steam turbine adds 111 MW production capacity without any additional natural gas consumption thus avoiding the release of 500,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. This is true progress that contributes to the fight against global warming and optimises the cost of electricity production thanks to improved thermal output.
CIPREL IV-A, the sixth gas turbine (TAG10) of CIPREL was commissioned in January 2014. CIPREL IV-B, the steam turbine is under construction and will be commissionned at the end of 2015.
With phase IV, CIPREL bolsters its position as the biggest gas fired power station in Côte d’Ivoire with a total production capacity of 543 MW, an annual production estimated at 3 810 GWh.