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 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.