The proposed operation is a high priority infrastructure project for the national Government and is considered a critical investment to support the country’s economic development. It builds on a first energy access project, financed by the World Bank (Nelacep I - approved in November 2015), which is being implemented by Société Nigérienne d’Electricité (Nigelec). The Project is a multi-component investment programme aimed at extending and reinforcing the electricity transmission and distribution network of Niger over the period 2019-2023.
The project is part of G5 Sahel's priority objectives through its "Alliance for the Sahel" initiative, which aims at universal access to modern, reliable and sustainable electricity services in member countries, including Niger. Access to electricity for people in both rural and urban areas is also one of the key priorities of the new Economic and Social Development Plan of Niger (PDES, 2017-2021), by specifically bringing the electricity access rate from 11% in 2014 to a target of 70% by 2030.
The Project is organized in three main components:
Component 1: Upgrading and reinforcement of the 132 kV transmission systems in the Western Grid that includes the capital Niamey and the regions of Dosso and Tillabery.
Component 2: Extension and reinforcement of MV and LV networks in Niamey, seven regional cities (Agadez, Diffa, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabery, Zinder) and 89 rural localities, including the connection of 100,000 households.
Component 3: Technical Assistance aimed at supporting the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Energy and at strengthening the operational capacity of NIGELEC.
Components 1 and 2 comprise multiple sub-components that will be co-financed by the WB and the EIB/EU on a parallel basis. Component 3 will be financed by the WB.
The main objective of the Project is to expand and improve access to electricity in rural areas, where access is currently less than 1%, and in urban areas, which may have connectivity but experience poor and unreliable power supply. By addressing the lack of access to modern and reliable energy services, the Project aims at supporting the economic growth and promoting social development across Niger.
The EU-AITF Investment Grant will be used to co-finance the upgrading of the 132 kV transmission systems in the Western Grid in Niger, extending the MV and LV networks in 48 rural localities, and creating 30,000 new electricity connections in the capital and 2 regional cities.