Somali Electricity Access Project Additional Financing (WB-P173637)

  • Somalia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jun 25, 2020
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.
Government of Somalia
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 1.45 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 Aug 4, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jun 18, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to expand access to electricity in targeted urban, peri-urban and rural communities.

The project has three components:

  1. Part 1. Electrification of households and businesses through standalone solar home systems Improving access among off-grid households and small enterprises, in particular

    1. carrying out a program of activities to facilitate a range of market-building supply-and demand-side interventions, through the provision of Expansion Grants and Seed Grants to solar distributors for investment to catalyze key solar business functions.
    2. promoting quality assurance to limit availability of and demand for poor quality and/or counterfeit solar products.
    3. carrying out consumer awareness and citizen engagement campaigns to improve household understanding and use of quality off-grid solar technology.
  2. Part 2. Analytical work for enabling electrification through solar-powered/hybrid mini-grids. Carrying out analytic work for development of mini-grid sector, in particular:

    1. carrying out detailed geospatial mapping to undertake a more comprehensive inventory of the current mini-grid situation in Somalia, identify potential future sites, and estimate future location specific demand;
    2. Reviewing property rights and land issues pertaining to energy infrastructure investment;
    3. Carrying out pre-feasibility studies for hybridization, operational enhancements, and densification of brownfield (existing) mini-grid sites;
    4. Carrying out pre-feasibility studies for greenfield (new) sites identified in geospatial mapping;
    5. Developing structuring options for the financing, operation, and ownership of new mini-grids and;
    6. Defining legal, institutional, and financing arrangements for developing mini grids.
  3. Part 3. Technical Assistance, Capacity Building & Project Management:

    1. Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) of the federal government and Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM) of Somaliland for overall energy sector management, power and access planning, and implementation of future development projects, including: (i) carrying out required energy sector studies; (ii) developing energy strategies; (iii) reviewing energy policies; (iv) carrying out analytical work; (v) improving internal MoEWR/MoEM infrastructure and systems; (vi) provision of relevant training to staff of the MoEWR/MoEM, and conducting workshops and study tours; and (vii) establishing PIUs at federal MoEWR and MoEM of Somaliland.

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World Bank:
Patrick Thaddayos Balla
Senior Energy Specialist

Paul Baringanire
Sr Power Engineer

Ministry of Finance, Federal Republic of Somalia
Abdirahman Duale Beileh

Implementing Agencies:
Ministry of Finance, Somaliland
Dr. Saad Haji Ali Shire

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, FGS
Fowzia Mohamed Sheikh

Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Somaliland
Jama Mohamoud Egal
Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources


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