FOCUS ON ZAGTOULI SOLAR FARM PROJECT
Solar power station- Burkina Faso
In November 2017 the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, joined the French President Emmanuel Macron in inaugurating the Zagtouli solar power station near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. With a capacity of 33.7 MW, this plant can produce up to 56 GWh per year – enough to cover nearly 5% of the country’s annual electricity demand. With a construction contract value of €37 million, the plant was built on behalf of the Société Nationale d’Électricité du Burkina Faso (Sonabel) and financed jointly by the European Development Fund, France’s Development Agency, and the state of Burkina Faso. In addition to handling engineering, procurement and construction, Omexom will run and maintain the plant for two years. The scheme incorporates almost 130,000 solar panels – 1,800 mounting structures with 72 modules each, plus 32 inverters. The Zagtouli power plant illustrates the commitment at state level to diversifying Burkina Faso’s energy mix. The country aims to meet 30% of its electricity needs from photovoltaic solar panels by 2025–2030.
FOCUS ON THE STEVIN PROJECT
Transmission lines - Belgium
The Stevin project aims to upgrade the electricity transmission grid in West Flanders with a new doublecircuit high voltage line between the cities of Zomergem and Zeebrugge. This link will allow more electricity to be carried from the coast towards the interior of the country.
Specifically, it will enable Belgium to bring home the energy generated by its offshore wind farms, as well as integrating with the Nemo Link® that will transport electricity from England through subsea and underground cables connecting Belgium and the United Kingdom. This is a strategic project that lays the foundations for Belgium’s energy future.
This line incorporates several pioneering technological innovations such as the use of compact pylons equipped with composite and silicone insulating cross-arms and HTLS (High Temperature Low Sag) conductors with a carbonbased composite core. Such conductors allow operation at a higher temperature, so more electrical power can be carried through the same conductor without the need of increasing its cross-section.
A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
Omexom’s network of Belgian, German and Italian companies worked synergistically on this project, one of Elia’s most ambitious in the last decade.
The Belgian and Italian teams pooled their skills to erect the 20 pylons – with a combined weight of 713 tonnes – while the German team was in charge of pulling the cables using a helicopter.
The final element of the project was the installation of warning beacons for aviation traffic, which are operated by solar panels and batteries.
FOCUS ON THE FERRY BRIDGE PROJECT
Substations - United Kingdom
On 25 November 2017 the new 132 kV substation at Ferrybridge Multifuel was successfully switched on. It took Omexom’s team barely 11 months to design, build and get this new substation up and running.
SCOPE OF THE WORK
The works took place on the perimeter of the Ferrybridge C power plant, which has been closed since 2016, and included the construction of the new plant’s grid connection infrastructure.
When it is fully operational, the new plant will produce about 70 MW of low-carbon electricity – enough to supply 160,000 homes.
FOCUS ON SENEGAL ELECTRICAL GRID
Distribution - Senegal
On 2 February 2018 Omexom won the contract to develop Senegal’s electrical grid within the framework of a priority programme to extend, strengthen and increase reliability of the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) transmission and distribution network. The 36-month contract covers the installation of five very high voltage substations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground very high voltage power lines, and more than 100 electricity distribution substations in various locations across the country.
SECURING THE RELIABILITY OF SENEGAL’S ELECTRICAL GRID
The key intent of this project is to enable the country to enjoy a reliable power supply. In Dakar, for instance, the strategic districts of the city centre will benefit from three new sources of supply. A new very high voltage substation is to be built in Diamniadio to secure its inhabitants’ electricity supply. And in Thiès, electrical infrastructure will be bolstered with a second substation to secure power supply to various surrounding areas. The contract also aims to strengthen the distribution networks around Dakar, Tambacounda, Kounoune, Diamniadio and Thiès.
MEETING DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES
Access to electricity is a paramount issue for Senegal’s economic and social advancement. The pace of development is accelerating, with training and knowledge transfer from Moroccan and French subsidiaries, alongside the establishment of electrical grids and the construction – among other things – of eight photovoltaic power plants to supply residents in the most far-flung rural regions.
This heightened activity in Senegal is fully aligned with Omexom’s long-standing engagement in West Africa.
FOCUS ON ELECTRIC MOBILITY
Territories - Germany
Over the past few years Germany has embarked on a massive programme to advance renewable energies, with lots of innovative projects set up to meet the aspiration of going “all-electric”. The focus in 2017 was on promoting electric mobility, with a countrywide drive to expand the charging infrastructure so there are enough powerful and efficient charging stations for people to charge their vehicles quickly.
THE SLAM PROJECT GIVES RISE TO NEW FACILITIES
Omexom installed and commissioned 68 rapid charging stations on behalf of Netze BW at several Tank & Rast service stations and laybys in the Baden-Württemberg region.
Funded by the federal government, these rapid charging stations fall under the aegis of research project SLAM (rapid charging grid for axes and metropolises), which intends to set up 400 rapid charging stations across the country.
A GLOBAL & AMBITIOUS PROJECT
This project’s main aim is to provide drivers of electric vehicles with sufficient range to cover long-distance journeys. Charging stations will therefore be located 120 km apart so they form a “mesh” across the country. In parallel with the rollout of these charging stations, R&D projects are also underway to enable even more ultra-fast charging in laybys and rest areas. These initiatives form part of a national strategy to promote electric vehicles.