GABON – Gabon’s water and electricity company, Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon (Seeg), has launched new projects aimed at enhancing access to water and electricity in the county.

According to a report by Africa Energy Portal Seeg has already allocated US$18.65 million (about 10.4 billion CFA francs) to 12 of the projects which are expected to be ready before the end of the second half of 2020.

Six of these projects concern the water sector and will be implemented at a cost of about 9 billion CFA francs (approximately US$15.93 million).

One of the project is the US$10.27 million “Razel” water purification plant in the greater Libreville area which is currently under construction and is expected to supply up to 32,500 households with drinking water.

Seeg has also allocated 3 billion CFA Francs (about US$885,000) in the development of 4 Opalium water purification plants to be located in Ndjolé, Mitzic, Booué, and Mouila.

According to Seeg, an additional 44,000 people living in the above named areas are expected to benefit from enhanced access to clean water once the projects are commissioned.

To strengthen the drinking water supply in Gabon, Seeg also plans to invest 150 million CFA francs (nearly US$270,000) to build a booster in Bitam, a commune in the province of Woleu Ntem.

The installation will make it possible to improve the frequency of water distribution in the Mengome Ayat neighbourhood, serving 750 households.

The booster should be operational this September 2020.

The Seeg will also commit close to 1.5 billion CFA francs (approximately US$2.7 million) for the implementation of six projects to improve the electricity supply to 4,000 network subscribers.

The funds will be used to build 11 new electrical transformer stations and to install nearly 50 km of high-voltage and low-voltage power lines in Greater Libreville.

 In addition, nearly 4,000 households in the region will be connected to the national power grid.

This water and electricity emergency plan is part of the Seeg’s strategic vision for 2025 which aims to have 83 projects be completed by this date.

According to the plan, 33 of the projects are in the water sector while 50 are in the electricity sector.

Seeg estimates that the overall investment budget will be 23 billion CFA francs (about US$ 41.36 million).

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