ECOWAS-Regional Electricity Access Project (Phase 1) (WB-P164044)

  • Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mali
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 13, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia, Ministry of Economy and Finance of Guinea
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  • Energy
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 225.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 225.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 27, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Mar 1, 2018

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Project Description
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The objective of the First Phase of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Electricity Access Project for Western Africa is to increase grid electricity access in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the Republic of Mali, and the Republic of The Gambia. There are three components to the project, the first component being Design, supply, and installation (DSI) of electricity distribution infrastructure to maximize new connections. This component specifically supports: (a) the detailed design, supply, and installation of distribution networks through the construction of approximately 3,900 km of 33 kilovolt (KV) MV lines, approximately 1,060 33KV/400 volt(V) distribution substations, and approximately 3,700 km of 400 V LV lines to expand grid coverage and maximize the number of new connections; and (b) the supply and installation of last mile connection equipment, including service drops, smart meters for large consumers, prepaid meters, and ready boards for LV customers in each country and street lighting, all through the financing of non-consulting services, equipment and consulting services. The second component is the supervision of the construction and technical advisory services under component one of the project. This component will finance the costs associated with the recruitment of an Owner’s Engineer who will be recruited on a competitive basis under the project to supervise the work carried out under component one. The Owner’s Engineer will also monitor compliance with safeguard instruments (environmental and social) related to construction. Finally, the third component is the project coordination and technical assistance. In the spirit of strengthening national and regional capacities, this component will finance a combination of technical assistance and project management support to assist recipients in successfully implementing the project.

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Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia
H. Abdou Kolley
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Abdou Kolley Kolley

Ministry of Economy and Finance of Guinea Bissau
João Alage Mamadu Fadia
Minister of Economiy and Finances 

Ministry of Finance & Economic Development of Mali

H. Momudu L Kargbo
Minister of Finance & Economic Development 

ECOWAS Commission for Mines and Energy
Sediko DOUKA
Commissioner for Mines and Energy 


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