DRC Electricity Access & Services Expansion (EASE) (WB-P156208)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
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  • World Bank (WB)
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May 4, 2017
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 145.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 147.00 million
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Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 26, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 29, 2016

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The objective of the Electricity Access and Service Expansion Project for Congo, Democratic Republic of is to expand access to electricity in target areas. There are three components to the project, the first component being network upgrades and access expansion in selected SNEL service areas. Component one is aimed at increasing and improving access by addressing critical rehabilitation needs in the SNEL-operated distribution network zones where power is either available from high voltage/medium voltage (MV) substations or can be restored in generation plants. It will target investments identified as ‘priority’ by SNEL in its recovery plan and aligned with the GoDRC’s drive to electrify provincial capitals. This component includes three subcomponents: investments in Kinshasa; Mobayi hydropower plant and Gbadolite distribution network; and technical assistance for SNEL investments. The second component is the private sector based access expansion. This component will promote private sector access expansion. It was conceptualized based on recommendations from a study funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) that was carried out during project preparation. The study assessed over 30 electricity access subprojects from various developers, identified the most advanced subproject developers, analyzed selected developers’ business plans, and highlighted the financial barriers faced by the private sector to be able to expand electricity access. To address the financing constraints, the component will provide debt and grant support to implement qualifying access subprojects. Early investments are expected to include subprojects under active development by experienced private developers12 that have been identified under the study. The component comprises two subcomponents. The first will develop, and potentially pilot the implementation of a Credit Sup

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Name:Republique Democratique du Congo
Contact:Andre Masombo
Title:Directeur de Cabinet, Ministere de l'Energie et des Ressourc

Implementing Agencies
Name:Unite de Coordination et de Management des projets du MERH
Contact:Maximillien Munga

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