Network Reinforcement and Access Project (WB-P166170)

  • Eswastini
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Apr 18, 2019
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Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 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)
$ 45.00 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 Oct 24, 2018

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to Improve the reliability of electricity supply and increase access to electricity services in targeted areas of Eswatini.

Rge project has three components:

  1. Reinforcement of the Transmission and Distribution Grid. This component comprises two sub components with the objective of strengthening the transmission and rural networks for social and economic development.
  2. Electricity access expansion, Component 2 will support GoKE’s program for rural electrification by financing an estimated 13,000 household connections through the REP. The component will be implemented by EEC’s Rural Electrification Unit focusing on the Shiselweni region and will help reduce the outstanding backlog of connection applications. This backlog comprises applications that have been evaluated by MNRE and determined to be cost effective for connection to the grid. Cost
    estimates have been prepared by EEC through its Rural Electrification Unit that undertakes the works for REP projects under the direction of MNRE. Selection criteria that take into account the poverty level, potential for economic activity and cost per connection will be developed to select applications that will be financed under the project. Beneficiaries will include households and micro-small enterprises in rural areas of the Shiselweni region.
  3. Analytical Support and Capacity Building. This component will finance technical assistance (TA) to: (i) enhance electrification planning capacity, considering GoKE’s stated capacity of reaching universal access in the short-term; and (ii) support the development of a policy and regulatory environment that will engender private sector participation in off-grid electrification and renewable energy generation.
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World Bank:
Joseph Mwelwa Kapika, Samuel Kwesi Ewuah Oguah
Senior Energy Specialist

Ministry of Finance
Bheki Bhembe
Principal Secretary

Implementing Agency:
Eswatini Electricity Company
Meshack Kunene
Managing Director 


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