Energy in Africa: more than 71 million euros from the African Development Bank to connect Guinea and Mali with a high-voltage line

  • 714 km of high voltage line between N'Zérékoré (Guinea) and Sanankoroba (Mali)
  • 201 villages connected to the electricity grid

The African Development Bank has approved, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the project for the financing of the construction, over 714 km, of a high-voltage line between the cities N'Zérékoré in Guinea and Sanankoroba in Mali.

With a total cost of nearly € 358 million, to which the Bank contributes more than € 71 million, the future electricity transmission line will enable 201 villages in Guinea and Mali to be connected to the electricity grid and all customers of the two national electricity companies to see the quality of service improve.

According to the feasibility studies, the commissioning of this line should allow the development of agricultural, commercial, artisanal and semi-industrial activities in the area concerned, while promoting better schooling for students who will thus benefit from electricity. day at school and at night, at home.

"In addition to the funding it provides, the African Development Bank has been the lead donor," said Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbadé, Deputy Director General, African Development Bank, Africa Region. from West. It financed and supervised techno-economic feasibility studies and environmental and social impact studies. The Bank also supported the secretariat of the West African Power Exchange System (WAPP) in funding and coordinating three roundtables organized to complete project financing. "

Subregional vocation

Today, Guinea and Mali have an electricity access rate of 18% and 41% respectively. Once the high voltage line comes into service, by 2021, this rate should improve significantly.

For Guinea, a country with high mining potential , the connection to the interconnection networks of the Haute-Guinée and Guinée Forestière regions could facilitate the establishment of new mining companies, which will create dozens of jobs, particularly for women and young people.
"The construction of this line is also an environmental issue," added the Deputy Director General of the Bank for West Africa. In fact, it will promote the use of hydroelectric power and reduce the consumption of oil and related greenhouse gas emissions. "

In the long term, the new line should be connected to subregional high-voltage lines under construction to ensure interconnection between, on the one hand, Benin, Burkina, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Togo; and Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
This high-voltage project with regional impact also benefits from funding from the World Bank, the European Union, the Islamic Development Bank, the West African Development Bank, the Investment Bank and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Investment Bank.

In Africa, access to electricity, a condition sine qua non of development, is a huge challenge, which the Bank intends to meet through the implementation of its initiative " New Deal for energy in Africa ", a component major of its five strategic priorities, called High 5 .

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