Casablanca – A Moroccan-Ivorian consortium will join efforts with an energy firm to build a MAD 450 million thermal power plant in the Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan. The consortium, Vinci Energies Côte d’Ivoire / CGELEC Morocco, and the company, Starenergie 2073, signed an agreement on Friday, December 16 for the first phase of infrastructure construction associated with the Songon thermal power plant. The plant is set to be constructed in the northern suburbs of Abidjan, with an investment exceeding MAD 450 million.This thermal power plant will have an energy discharge capacity of 720 MW and 470 MW N1 safety, for an output of 372 MW ISO. The construction is scheduled to begin in February 2017. According to Starenergie 2073, which will be in charge of the construction of the thermal power plant, the infrastructure construction will last for 18 months and will include a high voltage section, which will supply around 150,000 inhabitants of Songon by 2025.The Ivorian Press Agency (AIP) quoted director general of Starenergie 2073, Venance Guessend, saying that the new project will be in two parts. The first phase, construction of the combined cycle 372 MW power plant, will be powered either by primary fuel natural gas delivered or by Ivorian block exploitation.The second phase will integrate the evacuation network, including the elevation and source stations, as well as the 225 KV lines from Songon to Akoupé-Zédjn, Dabou and other cities.The choice of the Vinci Energies-CI / CEGELEC Maroc consortium is justified for the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Starenergie 2073, Amon Richard, by the conformity of its technical and financial offer. “No country can emerge without energy,” he noted, inviting the government and donors to invest in the project.It is worthy to recall that on December 18, 2013, Starenergie 2073 signed an agreement with the State of Côte d’Ivoire authorizing it to build a thermal power plant at Songon. This future project will include two steam turbines with a capacity of 126 MW each and a third steam turbine of 120 MW.