Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, presently less than 2% of households nationwide, and rural energy access is virtually non-existent in the country. To reach the goals set by the Government of Liberia of 70% electricity access in Monrovia and 35% in rural areas by 2030, development in electricity infrastructure is greatly needed, bearing in mind that most of the infrastructure is still lacking since it was destroyed during the civil wars in the country (1989-2003). By developing electrical transmission and distribution, the Liberia Energy Access Project – Leap 1 will address three major constraints in the country’s electricity sector: (i) low access to electricity in Monrovia and River Gee County; (ii) non-existence of electricity supply in rural areas; and (iii) the limited human and technical capacity of the energy sector. It will ensure the provision of meters and connections to customers through the national electricity company. The project will benefit approximately 246 000 people (40 000 households).
The project is planned to be submitted to the AfDB Board in November 2016.
The EU-AITF SE4All investment grant will finance the construction of the distribution networks in River Gee County, and transmission/distribution lines and/or substations in and around greater Monrovia.