Electricité de Guinée (EDG) is the public company in charge of production, transmission and distribution of electricity in Guinea. It faces severe degradation of financial, commercial, and technical performance, identified in the Power Sector Recovery Program, validated by Guinean authorities in 2012.The project aims at supporting EDG in the development of part of its priority electrical investments, as planned in the Power Sector Recovery Plan. In order to reduce technical and commercial losses, and to increase the quality of service to customers in Conakry’s area, EDG requested support from AFD.The 50M€ envelope would finance three main sectors:
- improvement and extension of Conakry’s distribution grid : reinforcement of MV/LV grid (MV and LV distribution lines, MV/LV stations, LV meters including prepayment meters) within Kagbelen and Ansoumaniah’s zones;
- reinforcement/improvement of transmission grid from production sites to Conakry : improvement/reinforcement of HV transmission lines, construction and improvement of HV/MV substations
- technical assistance to support EDG and improve internal capacity.The project is expected to benefit to more than 400 000 persons, enable 50 000 new or renewed connections to EDG’s network (45 000 for households), and to allow the utility to reduce the current high level of technical and commercial losses (from around 50% to less than 25%).
The first tenders for services providers (consultants) have been launched.
The EU-AITF grant from the Regional Envelope will be used to finance Technical Assistance for the preparatory phase of the project and to reinforce capacities within EDG’s technical departments. First tenders have been published in Q1 2017 (equipment supply for the Project Management Units) and first contracts will be signed in Q3 2017.