African power producer Endeavor Energy has received local environmental approvals and secured a site for the development of the 375MW combined cycle power generation project in Côte d'Ivoire.
In May last year, the company partnered with Starenergie2073 to develop the multi-phase Songon gas-to-power project.
Endeavor and its partners have entered into talks with the government of Cote d'Ivoire on the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the project.
The power plant will have an integrated fuel solution featuring a purpose-built LNG import infrastructure and a floating storage and regasification unit.
Endeavor has initiated the environmental assessment for the transmission line and LNG infrastructure, which is scheduled for completion by the second quarter of this year.
The company will also issue a request for proposals to supply engineering, procurement and construction for the project before the end of the first quarter of this year.
Endeavor CEO Sean Long said: "Côte d'Ivoire under the leadership of President Ouattara is doing exceptionally well and has created a very attractive investment climate for private investment.
"We are extremely excited about the Songon Project, which will add much needed generation capacity to the country's IPP thermal fleet as well as provide reliable fuel supply for the project."
Pre-construction work on the site is expected to begin by the end of this year's second quarter.
Endeavor will take responsibility to provide construction management, fuel management, and commercial management services.
The project is being backed by private equity investor Denham Capital and the US government-led initiative Power Africa, which provides coordinated support from the US public and private sectors to add cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity to the continent.