The project consists of two components: (i) the improvement of access to electricity in the urban and peri-urban areas in the western suburbs of the capital city Cotonou and the Atlantique Province; and (ii) a rural electrification component in the rural areas of the Atlantique Province. A total of 670km of transmission lines will be built to improve electricity access to approximately 270,000 beneficiaries. The project will not only improve the quantity, but also the quality and reliability of supply, thereby supporting the economic development of the districts to the west of Cotonou. It will contribute to poverty reduction in a country that ranks 166th in the list of 187 countries classified by the latest Human Development Index (HDI). Long-term sustainability is secured as the project has been designed to meet demand for the next 20 years. The project is in the preparation stage (feasibility study) and works are expected to start in 2017.
The EU-AITF SE4ALL investment grant will facilitate a significant number of connections (estimated at 34000) to the grid, connecting about 80 villages. It will finance the costs of the access component for the rural area (estimated at EUR 9 million), the connection programme for the urban/peri-urban area (estimated at EUR 6 million) as well as the owner’s engineer cost (budget of EUR 5 million).