Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has commenced construction of the National Dispatch Centre, a new power plant project in Guinea.

The centre is expected to increase energy control efforts, stabilise the Guinean national electrical grid, and bring additional power to the country.

The ADFD provided $18m of funding for the project, which is part of a total $90m designated by the Abu Dhabi Government for development projects across Guinea in 2013. The allocated fund is expected to cover 80% of the project’s total cost.

A supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) network will be built, alongside a main building, control rooms, and offices.

"The ADFD provided $18m of funding for the project, which is part of a total $90m designated by the Abu Dhabi Government for development projects across Guinea in 2013."

The fund will also be used to offer training for operation and maintenance personnel and to install sufficient hardware to communicate with 24 power stations and substations.

When completed, ADFD will operate the centre.

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ADFD director general Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said: “This latest endeavour is part of the fund’s tailored energy portfolio for the West African region.

“Previously, ADFD contributed more than $20m towards the construction of two power stations, Tombo I and Tombo II, in the Guinean capital, Conakry. Both stations are now complete and produce about 60MW of energy in total.”

More than ten million Guineans are anticipated to receive electricity from the National Dispatch Centre project.

Image: Cornerstone-laying ceremony of National Dispatch Centre in Guinea. Photo: courtesy of ADFD.