Burkina Faso: SAGEMCOM ENERGY & TELECOM relies on VERGNET BURKINA to supply 120,000 villagers with electricity
5 photovoltaic sites, 1,820 solar modules and a power of 587.5 kWp
“120,000 inhabitants of the Nord and Centre-Nord regions of Burkina Faso will be supplied with continuous electricity from the beginning of November by the 5 new solar photovoltaic power plants set up by the joint-venture associating the Burkinabe company VERGNET BURKINA (a subsidiary of VERGNET HYDRO) with the French firm SAGEMCOM ENERGY & TELECOM,” enthuses Jean-Christophe KI, Managing Director of VERGNET BURKINA. These installations are part of the major eco-electrification project for rural areas in the Nord and Centre-Nord regions, managed by the Burkinabe company Société d’Infrastructures collectives (SINCO) and co-financed by the European Union, the National Office for Water and Sanitation (ONEA), the Electrification Development Fund (FDE), the Société Nationale d’Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL), Solidarité Internationale pour le Développement et l’Investissement (SIDI) and SINCO.
The 1,820 solar modules of these 5 photovoltaic sites, located in the villages of Talisma, Saye, Ridimbo and Minima (Northern region) and Noaka (Central-Northern region), generate a power of 587.5 kWp (117.5 kWp on each site). SAGEMCOM ENERGY & TELECOM, lead partner in this project, provided all the equipment. “VERGNET BURKINA’s teams, composed of civil engineering technicians, electrotechnicians and experienced photovoltaic workers, were responsible for earthworks, civil engineering, building construction, solar field assembly and equipment installation.”
Authentic factors in the local economic development
The villagers benefit from this access to electricity via their SINCO subscriptions to the low-voltage grid. The 5 sites are connected to the grid of SONABEL, into which they inject their surplus electricity. “These facilities are authentic factors in the local economic development. Of course, they provide extra comfort for the home. But they also guarantee a continuous source of energy for local mills, mechanical welding workshops, ice production, etc.”
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VERGNET HYDRO and MASCARA RENEWABLE WATER to offer a solution for the production of drinking water from brackish water, for Sub-Saharan Africa
From pumping unsafe water to distributing drinking water at the tap
Pictures caption: Solar-based drinking water supply solution from brackish water implemented by VERGNET HYDRO, MASCARA RENEWABLE WATER and AFRIDEV MATI in Manhiça (Mozambique) in 2018 (photos credits: the top-right one, Titouan GAREL; the three others, VERGNET HYDRO).
VERGNET HYDRO and the French SME MASCARA RENEWABLE WATER (Chartres) have just signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the implementation of a drinking water supply solution from brackish water in Sub-Saharan Africa. “The objective of this partnership is to pool our skills, strengths and networks in order to offer a turnkey solution to governments, donors and NGOs: from pumping unsafe water to distributing drinking water at the tap,” explains Thierry BARBOTTE, Managing Director of VERGNET HYDRO.
The level of salinity of the collected groundwater, which does not meet the drinking water standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a regular problem in rural water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Salt water consumption causes dehydration and kidney disease. In addition, brackish water damages pumping equipment and pipes, which corrodes them, and causes metal particles to circulate in water systems, which on its turn may cause cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
OSMOSUN® complements VERGNET HYDRO’s 40 years of experience and innovation
MASCARA has developed an industrial technology for desalination of brackish water by solar energy, with very low operating costs, from 100 FCFA to 130 FCFA (€0.15 to €0.20) per m3, and electricity consumptions in the range of 1.2 to 1.5 kWh per m3. “MASCARA’s OSMOSUN® solar desalination units are based on reverse osmosis technology, and are all the more innovative, economical and ecological because they do not require a battery to store energy. We are indeed the first in the world to offer a solar-based solution,” says enthusiastically Marc VERGNET, President of MASCARA.
Within the framework of this partnership, this innovative technology is combined with VERGNET HYDRO’s 40 years of experience and innovation in rural hydraulics in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Our joint offer combines OSMOSUN® with VERGNET HYDRO’s energy production systems (solar fields and emergency generators), raw water pumping systems (exhauster columns, drill heads and manifolds) and storage and distribution systems (water towers, pipes, valves, etc.),” explains Etienne DECHERF, Chief Sales and Operations Officer of VERGNET HYDRO.
A first and fruitful collaboration in Mozambique
The signing of this contract is the result of a first and fruitful collaboration in Mozambique. In 2018, VERGNET HYDRO and MASCARA set up solar-powered drinking water supply systems with desalination in 6 villages (7,200 inhabitants) in the Gaza Province. The two French companies relied on the expertise of the Mozambican company AFRIDEV MATI (Maputo) to carry out the construction works and to manage the systems setup.
The VERGNET HYDRO/MASCARA offer will initially be launched in 8 Sub-Saharan African countries: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal. The contract also includes testing this overall offer in Asia, starting with Bangladesh.
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VERGNET BURKINA : More than 100,000 villagers now recipients of a sustainable drinking water supply service
More than 100,000 villagers recipients of a drinking water supply service
The Burkinabe Sud-Ouest region announced to be delegating to the Burkinabe company VERGNET BURKINA (11 employees, Ouagadougou, subsidiary of VERGNET HYDRO [Orléans, France]) the management of 9 drinking water supply centers, located in rural areas of the Loba and Bougouriba provinces, in the municipalities of Zambo, Guéguéré, Koper, Oronkua (Centre and Orpoune), Dissihn (Nakar), Bondigui, Iolonioro (Diassara) and Navielgané. “This new activity, launched in 2009, allows us to reach the symbolic threshold of providing 100,000 people with drinking water through the delegated management services offered by our subsidiary. The enthusiasm shown by Burkinabe local authorities lets us believe there is still enormous potential for scaling up this management activity”, states Christophe LEGER, VERGNET HYDRO Deputy Managing Director.
VERGNET BURKINA is now in charge of 29 small piped networks in Burkina Faso, located in the Sud-Ouest, Hauts-Bassins, Centre-Nord and Centre-Ouest regions. For this purpose, the Burkinabe SME has entered into Public Service Delegation (PSD) contracts with 25 municipalities. “Each one of these affermage contracts commits VERGNET BURKINA to providing a sustainable drinking water supply service to the local people over a period of 10 years, and to finance the upkeep of pumping equipment with the turnover generated from water sales by volumes (jerrycans, barrels and buckets), at a tariff commonly set with the communal authorities and validated by the municipal councils”, specifies Jean-Christophe KI, Managing Director for VERGNET BURKINA.
A network of 201 involved and skilled collaborators
Before the start of the water supply services, the municipalities hand over to the operator their small piped networks brought up to standards: inspection of water pipes and standpipes and control of the pumping equipment, water tanks and water quality. The groundwater water is pumped through fuel-powered generators (44,5% of the centers), solar units (18,5%), hybrid solar systems (18,5%) and the national electrical grid SONABEL (18,5%). “Before we start operating the water service for the villagers, it is important to prepare the equipment and to put in place the procedures to be able to monitor precisely and objectively the water quantities consumed at each standpipe. We have therefore equipped all the water points (collective standpipes, private connections) with water meters”, adds Abdoulaye SORY, Hydraulic Engineer for VERGNET BURKINA.
Water supply is about service delivery. Hence, it is heavy on human resources. VERGNET BURKINA already relies on a network of 201 collaborators (21 network managers, 9 cashiers and 171 standpipe caretakers), whom manage together the 29 rural water networks. “High quality services require involved and skilled employees. That’s why their remuneration is tied to the water volumes consumed at the standpipes on which they work. In addition, we organize regular training sessions”, explains Samuel SAWADOGO, Chief Operations Officer for VERGNET BURKINA.
A R&D project that led to the creation of the startup UDUMA
The water supply management model can also be applied on manual pumps, which represents a real innovation in the sector of rural water supply. Since 2016, as part of the UNICEF Burkina Faso Research Action Project “E-PUMP”, VERGNET BURKINA has been operating the drinking water service for 112 manual pumps: 50 in Dassa and 57 in Kyon (Centre-Ouest administrative district) and 5 in Niankorodougou (Cascades administrative district). “The results of this pilot project contributed to the creation of the company UDUMA MALI, which will soon be operating 1,400 manual pumps in Malian rural areas (Sikasso administrative district), serving 560,000 villagers”, continues Christophe LEGER.
It should be noted that the VERGNET BURKINA water supply services received two Water and Sanitation Awards (categories “research and innovation” and “water resources recovery”) at the 3rd National Forum for Water and Sanitation (Partenariat National de l’eau du Burkina Faso, PNE-BF), on 2 February 2018 in Ouagadougou, and the 1st Innovators Market Award at the National Conference on the Efficient Management of Drinking Water Services in Rural and Semi Urban Areas, on 19 October 2017 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
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Vergnet Burkina was present at the la Fabrique-BF.com’ thematic day event
La Fabrique is the first business incubator in Burkina Faso to help young, innovative, social and responsible companies.
Vergnet Burkina whose activity has a strong social effect (water supply in rural areas, drinking water supply network building and human-operated pumps manufacturing) has been invited on 16th Feb. 2017 to the day: “let’s innovate to give access to water in Burkina Faso“.
This event, co-organized by La Fabrique, the foundation 2iE, the Foundation Antenna and the International Organization of La Francophonie gave the opportunity to show it is possible to propose major innovations for the good governance of water and for the sustainable supply of drinking water to the people living in cities as well as for those living in villages.
During this event, Vergnet Burkina introduced its E-Pump, a pump equipped with a meter and a data logger as well as new monitoring tools based on fintechs and communications tools.
These innovations aim at meeting the target 6.1 of ODD: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
Drinking water in 10 rural centers: a short retrospective on a year’s achievements in Burkina Faso
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Burkina Faso government financed the building, rehabilitation, and operation of 10 rural centers. The project actually started in September 2014. Almost 70.000 rural inhabitants in Bouroum, Bourzanga, Dablo, Mané, Nagbingou, Nasséré, Pensa, Rouko, Tougouri and Ziga are now offered a sustainable drinking water supply.
First year of operating is very positive according to our subsidiary in Burkina Faso in charge of operations. Approximate supply for each center is 35m3 a day thanks to about fifty water fountains equipped with water meters for constant monitoring. This project also allowed the creation of about 60 local jobs: maintenance technicians, water vendor, handlers.
Access to drinking water in rural area is critical to anchor populations and slow down migration towards big urban centers. It is an issue all public authorities aim for to insure a sane and smooth development. Improving access to drinking water is Vergnet Hydro’s and its partners’ daily commitment.
Burkina Faso: Vergnet Hydro manual pumps in local press
On April 1st 2016, on the launch of the presidential emergency program on water and sanitation, we had the pleasure to see the Vergnet Hydro manual pumps illustrating an article of the online newspaper Lefaso.net.
The goal of the program is to mark the government’s commitment in making the access to drinking water and sanitation a reality in Burkina Faso.
The 1st Vergnet Hydro manual pump was installed in the country in 1980. Today, more than 10.000 of these pumps are present all over the country.
In Burkina Faso, Vergnet Hydro also supplied 10 drinking water supply systems to the North Central region.
The Project for Drinking Water and Sanitation in rural areas enabled the creation of 360 boreholes equipped with manual pumps in Cascades, Centre West, Centre South and Sahel Regions.
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Drinking Water Supply: Vergnet Burkina launches a research programme on services in rural areas
Vergnet Burkina signed a significant research contract in the field of drinking water supply at the beginning of 2015 with the UN. Thanks to this brandnew project, a new form of public-private partnership made for drinking water supply for rural populations will be tested. This programme is part of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Vergnet Hydro is particularly involved in goal n°6: Guarantee access to water and sanitation for all and ensure a sustainable management of resources.
Vergnet Burkina manages hydraulic equipment that provide water service to three rural communities in Burkina : Dassa, Kyon and Niankorodougou. Two drinking water supply system networks and an equipment stock of almost 250 manual pumps will be operated by Vergnet Hydro’s branch. On this special occasion, Vergnet Hydro will provide waterpoints with a revolutionary water pump equipped with sensors. This manual pump was developed by Vergnet Hydro together with a company expert in its field.
As compensation to a salary received by the operator, Vergnet Burkina will prove its capacity to offer a long lasting, serious and reliable service to populations.
The pilot programme will enter its operational phase in June 2016 and is expected to take two years to complete.
Drinking water supply system works by Vergnet Hydro
From September 2014 to February 2015 Vergnet Hydro was awarded the construction of 7 drinking water supply systems and the rehabilitation of 3 other systems in the villages of Bourzanga, Mané, Tougouri, Rouko, Dablo, Pensa, Bouroum, Nasseré, Ziga and Nagbingou. Drinking water is produced by 5 pumping stations equipped with standalone power generators, 4 solar stations and a station connected to the national grid.
These drinking water supply systems are equipped with a chlorine treatment disinfection system. The village of Mané is equipped with an arsenic treatment station.
This programme was financed by Agence Française de Développement and Burkina government on behalf of the Regional Agricultural, Hydraulic resource, Sewage and Food safety Agency for the Central and Northern areas.