Soubré Hydroelectric Power Station, Cote d’Ivoire
Soubré Hydroelectric Power Station is a large-scale, greenfield run-of-river hydroelectric power plant located in the Bas Sassandra region of Côte d’Ivoire. It produces 270 MW of renewable energy by utilising hydro resources of the Sassandra River. The project includes an additional 5.35 MW micro-hydro power fed by a 17.3 km² reservoir. The micro-plant is located in the vicinity of the Nawa Falls and makes full use of the total 42 m denivelation of the natural waterfalls. The power is fed into the national electricity grid.
Benefits: Climate & Environment
Soubré Hydroelectric Power Station’s annual emission reductions are estimated to be 2,566,000 tonnes CO2e per year. Benefits include:
- Reducing the electricity grid’s heavy reliance on fossil fuel-based power generation, contributing to long-term climate change benefits
- Reducing local pollution as hydropower is a zero-emission source
- Meeting Côte d’Ivoire’s increasing demand for power.
Benefits: Social & Economic
Soubré Hydroelectric Power Station has a significant beneficial impact on local communities. Benefits include:
- Contributing to the expansion of public drinking water along the river
- Providing a water treatment plant fed directly from the reservoir, replacing the need to pump and treat surface water
- Promoting of social activities, including fishing activities in the reservoir
- Rehabilitating existing infrastructure, including roads, schools, and a medical centre
- Providing water irrigation for the local community, supporting farming activities and other developments in the local region, and increasing living standards
- Generating new job opportunities for the local community during the construction and operation phase of the project, which indirectly lead to economic benefits for the area.
The corresponding carbon credits were verified under Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Methodology by the approved third-party auditor, 4K Earth Science Private Limited.