Energy Sector

Electricity generation

Cote d’Ivoire’s growing economy is putting the power supply network under pressure. The government is therefore targeting an increase in generating capacity to about 3,500 MW by 2020 in order to meet the rising demand. In addition, the country aims to play a central role as a net exporter in the West African Power Pool.

In the 1990s Cote d’Ivoire concluded concession agreements with independent power producers (IPPs), including for the development of two natural-gas-fired thermal power plants. Currently, two thirds of all electricity is produced by thermal power stations while 25% is generated by hydropower plants. In its strategic plan for the development of the electricity sector by 2030, the government identified 66 projects that will require massive private-sector investment, including through public-private partnerships (PPPs) with independent power producers. This will expand generating capacity and help to modernise the transmission and distribution of electricity throughout the country. Efforts are under way to increase hydroelectric and thermal generation by constructing new hydroelectric dams and thermal power plants, and by implementing expansion projects at existing thermal power stations. The government also wants to develop a balanced energy portfolio by encouraging the use of new and renewable energy sources.


Share of resources in electricity generation as of 2014





Net tariffs effective in CFA (tariffs are subject to change)
Fixed charge (per 61 days) Energy charge (per kWh)
Consumption up to 200 kWh

(moderate consumption)

559 < 80 kWh (per 61 days):36.05

> 80 kWh (per 61 days): 62.7

General consumption 1.1 kVA 1,176 63.17
General consumption 2.2 kVA 1,176 < 180 kWh / kVA: 63.17
> 180 kWh / kVA: 52.76
Reduced tariff (for sector employees) 16.20
Commercial 1,411 < 180 kWh/kVA: 78.46
> 180 kWh/kVA: 66.73
Public Lighting 66.73
Industrial Fixed charge/year and kW subscribed General energy charge (per kWh) Peak hour energy charge (per kWh) Off-peak hour energy charge (per kWh)
Medium voltage (short use, < 1,000/year) 17,572 59.82 91.73 42.59
Medium voltage (general, 1,000 – 5,000/year) 24,177 51.93 70.81 42.97
Medium voltage (long use, > 5,000/year) 35,131 49.84 63.31 43.33
Medium voltage (special tariff for complex textiles) 79,036 21.59 33.37 20.81
High voltage (short use, < 1,000/year) 43,495 53.14 97.33 29.98
Medium voltage (general, 1,000 – 5,000/year) 58,841 35.85 40.60 30.49
Medium voltage (long use, > 5,000/year) 74,169 32.09 35.85 30.49
Medium voltage (special tariff for SIR (refinery)) 34,509 57.9 96.49 34.74

Source: Groupe de Travail Energie 2015, Fiche Sectorielle


Transmission and distribution network

The Ivorian transmission grid is based on two high voltage levels: 90 kV (2,604km) and 225 kV (2,088km). The distribution grid consists of 30 kV and 15 kV (20,301km) as well as 220 V and 380 V (17,660km) lines. The Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Électricité (CIE) operates the power grid under a government concession.