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Direct Grant for Rural Electrification in Sierra Leone

Region
Western Africa
Sector
Energy
Scope
DG
Grant Amount
EUR 10,000,000
Total project cost
EUR 374,400,000
Status
Approved
PFG Lead Financier
AfDB
PFG co-Financier
KfW

The CLSG Interconnector project involves the construction of a 1,350 km transmission line allowing power exports from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The interconnector aims to provide these countries with an increased supply of electricity to meet growing demand and to create incentive for hydropower potential, such as in Sierra Leone and Guinea, to be realised. Approximately 12.5% of the total Project cost will finance rural electrification, with an EU-AITF Direct Grant Operation to cover the extra costs of implementing this in Sierra Leone.
The EU-AITF direct grant will be used to finance rural electrification in Sierra Leone from the shield wire and/or from the five substations in Sierra Leone. The direct grant will inter alia finance the physical implementation of the distribution network, provide meters and supply connections for the first customers, and supply energy to all governmental and social facilities in 28 identified communities. The grant will complement a shortfall in funding for rural electrification in Sierra Leone and will thereby ensure that all countries will benefit equally from the project.

12/2017