Construction of 1,147 km medium voltage, and 808 km low voltage distribution networks, last mile connection to 58,206 rural households, 5,320 rural business centres and 1,474 rural public institutions to the grid and procure additional 20,000 connection materials, ready-boards, and pre-paid energy meters to intensify last mile connections near the existing grid in already electrified rural areas that do not require grid extension. In addition, procure 79,077 connection materials, ready-boards and pre-paid energy meters to intensify the last-mile connections near to the existing grid in already electrified rural and urban areas.
The EU-AITF Investment Grant will finance the investment of last-mile connections for the project. As at 31 December 2018, the project implementing agency has completed the following:
(i) Procurement of project engineering and supervision consultant;
(ii) Procurement of consultant for preparation of feasibility studies for future rural electrification projects;
(iii) Procurement of small quantity of connection material and cables;
(iv) Preparation of design and bidding documents for six Lots for construction of distribution networks;
(v) Issuing the bidding documents for the six Lots, bid opening and evaluation; and
(vi) Contract negotiation and signing for one LOT (EPC contract) out of the six LOTs and the contractor mobilized to site,
(vii) Preparation of the bidding documents for procurement of connection materials in bulk, bids opening and evaluation,
(viii) Preparation of the draft feasibility studies for future rural electrification projects.