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Mali wants to import an additional 50MW of electricity from Ivory Coast

In Mali, offloading has increased in recent weeks, causing social unrest in parts of the country. To remedy this situation as soon as possible, the country intends to increase its imports to meet its demand.

Mali has turned to Côte d’Ivoire to solve its problem of offloading. This is the mission entrusted to Lamine Seydou Traoré (pictured), the Malian Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, who has been in Côte d’Ivoire for some time.

The country, which already has 100 megawatts to meet its needs, requires an additional 50 megawatts from its neighbour. But he’ll get 30 megawatts right now. “The president has reassured us that Côte d’Ivoire will give us 30 megawatts at the moment, the other 20 megawatts will arrive later,” said Lamine Seydou Traoré after his meeting with Alassane Ouattara at the presidential palace in Abidjan.

According to him, the Ivorian President assured that Côte d’Ivoire will give all its support to Mali in order to resolve this crisis in terms of economic and structural.

Côte d’Ivoire exports about 11% of its national electricity production to six ECOWAS countries. These include Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Liberia. With the commissioning of the 225 kV Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea power interconnection line, scheduled for 2020-2021, Sierra Leone and Guinea could be added to these six countries.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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