Canadian mining company Semafo said that a partnership with the government of Burkina Faso has been established, with the purpose of conducting a prefeasibility study to explore the possible construction of a 20-MW solar power station in the West African country.
The first phase will be carried out as part of Semafo’s ongoing corporate responsibility program in close collaboration with the Burkinabe government. This partnership is aimed at stimulating and sustaining the country’s socioeconomic development, by increasing the national electrical production capacity, thereby availing the population to a more adequate, low-cost electricity supply, according to the company, which operates gold mines in Burkina Faso and the neighboring countries of Niger and Guinea.
“On behalf of the president and government of the country, Burkina Faso’s Minister for the Mines and Energy, Abdoulaye Abdoulkader Cisse, and Lucien Marie Noël Bembamba, Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs, expressed great confidence in our company,” said Elie Justin Ouedraogo, Semafo’s national director, Burkina Faso. “The company has always striven to be a good corporate citizen and remains committed to making a significant contribution and improving the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.”
Under this agreement, the government and Semafo say they will undertake the necessary studies to move forward toward the realization of this important project.