A 714 km high voltage line project, between the cities N'Zérékoré in Guinea and Sanankoroba in Mali, has received financing to enable work to begin.On Wednesday, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the funding for the planned transmission line, and will contribute over €71 million ($84 million) for the project.

The future electricity transmission line will enable 201 villages in Guinea and Mali to be connected to the electricity grid and all customers of the two national electricity companies to see the quality of service improve. Read more...

According to the feasibility studies, the commissioning of this line should allow the development of agricultural, commercial, artisanal and semi-industrial activities in the area concerned, while promoting better schooling for students who will thus benefit from electricity during the day at school and at night, at home.

"In addition to the funding it provides, the AfDB has been the lead donor," said Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbadé, Deputy Director General," AfDB West Africa Region.

“It financed and supervised techno-economic feasibility studies and environmental and social impact studies. The Bank also supported the secretariat of the West African Power Exchange System (WAPP) in funding and coordinating three roundtables organised to finalise project financing,” Akin-Olugbadé added.

Guinea-Mali electricity access rate

Today, Guinea and Mali have an electricity access rate of 18% and 41% respectively. Once the high voltage line comes into service, by 2021, this rate should improve significantly.

For Guinea, a country with high mining potential, the connection to the interconnection networks of the Haute-Guinée and Guinée Forestière regions could facilitate the establishment of new mining companies, which will create dozens of jobs, particularly for women and young people.

"The construction of this line is also an environmental issue. In fact, it will promote the use of hydroelectric power and reduce the consumption of oil and related greenhouse gas emissions,”Akin-Olugbadé noted.

In the long term, the new line should be connected to sub-regional high voltage lines under construction to ensure interconnection between, Benin, Burkina, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Togo; and Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

 

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