Côte d’Ivoire: 17 drinking water supply systems to provide nearly 50,000 rural people with drinking water
Picture caption: Ivorian woman drawing water from a standpipe supplied by a drinking water supply systems set up by VERGNET HYDRO, in association with the SME MTK SERVICES, as part of the HYDRAULIC AND SANITATION PROGRAMME FOR THE MILLENNIUM (PHAM) in 2017.
VERGNET HYDRO is developing its construction work expertise
Côte d’Ivoire’s National Board for Drinking Water (ONEP) has awarded a contract for the construction of 17 drinking water supply systems to a joint venture of two SMEs: ABEDA (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) which will lead the project and VERGNET HYDRO. The contract will supply drinking water to nearly 50,000 rural people in the north of Côte d’Ivoire. “VERGNET HYDRO’s role in this is not limited to the design, supply and installation of the systems. Through our subsidiary SAHER (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), we will also carry out a part of the construction work. We intend to develop this expertise for future projects,” says Thierry BARBOTTE, Managing Director of VERGNET HYDRO.
The contract is for the construction of 12 electrical drinking water supply systems and five hybrid systems, either solar/electric or solar/thermal, in the Tchologo, Poro, Bagoué, Kabadougou and Folon regions. “The five solar farms will generate power of between 4 and 7 kWp, with Total Dynamic Heads of between 60 and 110 m,” explains Joël MENAGER, Bids and Projects Officer for VERGNET HYDRO.
A budget of 2.8 billion CFA francs (4.3 million euros)
“We expect all supply systems to be operational by December 2020, as stipulated in the specifications we were given,” adds Baptiste GADENNE, Area Sales Manager at VERGNET HYDRO. Co-financed by Côte d’Ivoire’s Hydraulics Ministry, the Islamic Development Bank and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (through its BID-UEMOA programme), the project is expected to cost 2.8 billion CFA francs (4.3 million euros).
ODIAL SOLUTIONS: the Group’s staff and 21 partners (14 nationalities) meet in Yamoussoukro to anticipate together evolutions in the water sector
The ODIAL SOLUTIONS group and its subsidiaries VERGNET HYDRO and UDUMA are bringing together their teams and 21 representatives of partner companies from 14 Sub-Saharan African countries in Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast), from 20 to 23 November 2019. “This seminar, full of brainstorming sessions, information sessions and cultural outings, strengthens our powerful and dynamic network of local partners. It is an opportunity to present to them the group’s vision, the evolutions of our product and service ranges, good after-sales service practices… but also to anticipate together the evolutions of the sector”, explains Thierry BARBOTTE, Chairman of the ODIAL SOLUTIONS group.
Imagining new models to finance the historical market and… entering new markets
The equation is as follows: sub-Saharan Africa (1) remains the region in the world with the lowest drinking water access rates, 2) it will have large rural populations for decades to come, 3) is not expected to suffer from overall groundwater shortages by 2040, but… (4) can no longer rely on the historical support of Official Development Assistance, which has drastically reduced its funding for rural sub-Saharan water over the years. “The demand for safe drinking water exists. ODIAL SOLUTIONS and its partners have the technical expertise to meet these demands. We are therefore collectively imagining new models to finance such projects: the UDUMA service, export credits, collaboration with impact investors, etc.”
This event is also an opportunity to jointly consider new markets. “We accumulate experience beyond village hydraulics. So do our partners. By identifying these experiences, we strive at combining our respective assets to multiply, hand in hand, our business opportunities.”
Ivory Coast: historical country and country of the future for ODIAL SOLUTIONS
For more than 40 years, Ivory Coast has been one of the major customers of the solutions developed by ODIAL SOLUTIONS. Today, nearly one in four Ivorians (6.2 million Ivorians) have access to drinking water via solutions proposed by the Group. “The Group’s local subsidiary, SAHER (5 employees), is also experiencing strong growth in its activities and is actively involved in the group’s R&D. All these arguments motivated the organization of this seminar in Yamoussoukro.”
More than 150,000 people from now on have access to drinking water
The Ministry of Economic Infrastructures of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire officially inaugurated the drinking water supply systems, part of the PROGRAMME D’HYDRAULIQUE ET D’ASSAINISSEMENT POUR LE MILLENAIRE (PHAM, HYDRAULIC AND SANITATION PROGRAM FOR THE MILLENIUM). “VERGNET HYDRO has, for more than 30 years, provided a lot of manual pumps in Côte d’Ivoire. But, it is the first time we are implementing such a huge drinking water supply project”, says enthusiastically Etienne DECHERF, Business and Operations Director of VERGNET HYDRO.
Thanks to the PHAM, more than 150,000 people from rural Western Côte d’Ivoire (Cavally, Guemon, Haut Sassandra, Marahoué and Tonkpi) from now on have access to drinking water. The project included the repairs of 13 drinking water supply systems (replacement of water pipes, building of new standpipes, etc.) and 29 new drinking water systems (electrical equipment and connections of boreholes, pipes laying, etc.). “We implemented this project in partnership with our Ivorian subsidiary SAHER and with the company MTK SERVICES. VERGNET HYDRO, the lead partner, provided all the equipment, except for the water towers. MTK SERVICES coordinated the implementation of the works”, says Thomas CANDELORO, Project Manager of VERGNET HYDRO.
People that have been greatly affected by the 2002 civil war
Funded primarily by the EUROPEAN UNION, and with support of the Ivorian government and the KREDITANSTALT FUR WIEDERAUFBAU (KfW), the hydraulic part of the program is being piloted by the OFFICE NATIONAL DE L’EAU POTABLE (ONEP, NATIONAL BOARD FOR DRINKING WATER) in Côte d’Ivoire. “From the advent, this project, spread over a territory as big as Ireland, was a real challenge. It is providing with drinking water people that have been greatly affected by the 2002 civil war. It is an important step for the development of these territories and is therefore a great satisfaction for us”, concludes Mikael DUPUIS, Director of the company SAHER.
Vergnet Hydro will attend the 7th Forum for Rural Water Supply Network in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
The 7th RWSN Forum will occur on 29th November 2016 in Abidjan.
This event takes place every 5 years and gathers public and private organisations on water and sanitation subjects for rural areas.
This year 650 participants are expected to attend the event that will be entirely bilingual (French and English).
The purpose is to find out how to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in rural areas and small towns before 2030.
What was successful in the past?
How can we improve the future?
Vergnet Hydro, involved in the field of drinking water usually attends these events to alert people to the problem of drinking water in rural areas.
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Drinking water supply systems works made by Vergnet Hydro
Within the framework of the PHAM (Millenium Hydraulic and Sanitation Programme), the European Union, Unicef and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) got together to give a boost to reach the Millenium Goals in Côte d’Ivoire.
The issue is to improve access to sanitation and to drinking water for one million people living in rural areas.
The aim is to increase the rate of global service in rural areas for drinking water by 50 to 75 %.
Vergnet Hydro is proud to be part of this huge project and will carry out a first phase of 42 drinking water supply systems in the following regions: Marahoué, Haut Sassandra, Cavally, Guemon and Tonkpi. The works will start by the end of 2015.