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A Senelec agency at Ziguinchor in the Casamance region

Senelec (Société nationale d'électricité du Sénégal) is the national electricity company of Senegal.


Senelec was established in 1983 after the nationalization and merger of Électricité du Sénégal and Société sénégalaise de distribution d'électricité.[1] In 1998, the Agency for Rural Electrification (ASER) and the Electricity Regulatory Board were split from Senelec and the company was put into privatization.[2] In 1999, the consortium of Hydro-Québec and Elyo (Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux) bought 34% of Senelec's shares. The deal was annulled by President Abdoulaye Wade in March 2000, and Hydro-Québec and Elyo withdrew from Senegal in January 2001.[3]

The company represents Senegal in the West African Power Pool.


Senelec has a production capacity of 632.9 MW, 90 MW of which comes from the Manantali Hydroelectric Power Plant in Mali; however, the electricity output is only 519.4 MW due to aging and faulty equipment.[4] The company has 2,500 employees and 645,000 customers.[5]

In 2006, Senelec got 88 billion CFA francs (US$185 million) of subsidies and its arrears alone amount to 1.5% of GDP.[6]

Senelec plans a new coal-fired power station 35 km SE of Dakar, the Sendou power station, with a net capacity of 115 MW.

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  1. ^ "senegal". Oracle. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Senegal Country Commercial Guide 2008" (PDF). United States Commercial Service. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ Levon Sevunts (2001-05-14). "A river of disease: Canada-backed dam contributes to 8,500 African deaths a year". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ Hamadou Tidiane Sy (2008-06-21). "Senegal Receives $80 Million World Bank Loan for Power Upgrade". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  5. ^ Boucar Diouf (2009-02-13). "Energie : Peut-on mieux faire avec ce que l’on a ? (Energy: Can we do better with what we have?)" (in French). Walf Fadjri. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  6. ^ Alistair Thomson (2007-06-12). "IMF team in Senegal look at spending, transparency". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 

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