IVOMASSE - Detailed technical studies for the construction of decentralized production plants using renewable energies in Côte d'Ivoire, in particular biomass plants

August 2020
August 2023
Project cost
146 000 €
Role in the project
Biomass and value chain expertise


Côte d’Ivoire


Agriculture Agroprocessing Spatial Planning Bioenergy Climate Forest Market Remote sensing


Cocoa Cashew Cotton Hevea Palm oil Rice

Main goals

Identify and quantify biomass deposits in Côte d'Ivoire by collecting all the information available from institutions, professional bodies, as well as from technical and financial partners, NGOs and relevant international organizations on national production of agricultural materials . Evaluate the impacts related to climate change, and to market variations on the availability of these deposits.

Specific objectives

OS1. Definition of the potential of renewable energies
OS2. Identification of biomass and transport resources in biomass feasibility studies
OS3. Participation in the validation process of zones/sites and pre-feasibility
OS4. Identification of power plant installation sites
OS5. Training of counterparts in resource identification
OS6. Support for DGE and CI ENERGIE during consultation with operators


R1. The deposits of biomass resources are identified
R2. The sites of the power plants are identified and the selection criteria are proposed
R3. Each site selected (5) is subject to a pre-feasibility and summary feasibility study, including the environmental and social impact study, the economic and financial analysis and the technical elements allowing constitute the technical part of a tender dossier for the selection of IPP
R4. The Focal Point for the project benefits from technical and methodological support during the consultation phase of the project promoters and possible negotiations, for each of the projects on the selected sites (5)
R5. The counterparts master the methodologies and know-how of implementation


A1. Assessment of local biomass deposits, identification of owners and qualification of infrastructure in terms of state of conservation and passage capacity (size- vehicle tonnage)
A2. Identification and description of probable sites (target of 15 sites) for the installation of power plants
A3. Plots of supply chains and analysis of biomass transport costs and conditions inventory of transport infrastructure between the biomass deposit and the electricity production site
A4. Assessment of major environmental impacts and identification of land likely to accommodate a power plant and orientation proposals to mitigate negative social and environmental impacts
A5. Evaluation of the calorific potential of the identified potential biomasses
A6. Validation of zones / sites and pre-feasibility by analyzing technical and economic information concerning biomass resources and their sustainability, major environmental and social impacts, as well as land availability
A7. Training of counterparts (DGE and CI ENERGIE executives) for the transfer of methodologies and know-how implemented, in particular by associating the counterparts in activities in the field

Related people

Value chain project manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Léo Godard

Agronomist with a degree from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT), he works on the analysis of agroindustrial projects and provide consultancy for promoters and investors of agro value chains. He also provides technical assistance and consultancy for small to large scale agricultural to switch to organic or regenerative practices

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Project officer / Agriculture & Market / France

Pierre Ricau

Holder of a Master Degree in "Agricultural Development and Economic Policies" from the Institute of Development Studies (IEDES), Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and AgroParisTech. He brings his expertise in agricultural market analysis (especially cashew, sesame, shea, cocoa, hevea, corn, rice and onion), development of agro-food sectors, training engineering and consultancy on public agricultural/agro-industrial policies

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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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Associate Expert / Côte d'Ivoire

Soungari Sekongo

Engineer in Tropical Agronomy from the CIED, option "plant production", he brings his expertise in agricultural markets analysis, advising-supporting actors, vegetable production and supporting professional agricultural organizations (management, capacity building)

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Julia Artigas Sancho

Process engineer and holder of a European MsC in Renewable energies, she works on energy-related issues in African industry, since 2016. Process optimization and agri-waste-to-energy systems are her main expertise areas: appropriate technologies, training on operation and maintenance, biofuels…

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