Official opening of the Blueline and the Cacavéli Bluezone

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26 April 2014

The Blueline and Togo’s first Bluezone were officially inaugurated on  the 26 th of April  by the President of the Republic, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, in the presence of Vincent Bolloré, Chairman of the Bolloré Group.

The opening saw a train run in Togo for the first time in almost 30 years. The officials boarded the first Blueline train at the recently renovated Lomé station and travelled to Cacavéli, north of the capital.

The aim of the project is to link Togo to the 3 000 km long West African rail ring, which passes through Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.

In addition to transport, however, the project also involves establishing living spaces and locations for development all along the railway line.

Dubbed “Bluezones”, these spaces are coming to life thanks to an innovative technology developed by Blue Solutions.  An LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) storage battery is connected to a solar power station to capture, store and redistribute clean, renewable energy.

Overall, this project is intended to contribute to the well-being and socioeconomic development of the Togolese population by improving the quality of transport and reducing the energy divide.