Burkina Faso - Electrification of Semi-Urban Areas of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Sep 2016
Signature Date 18 Oct 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 27,230,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The electrification project for semi-urban areas in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso (PEPU) is an investment operation that seeks to expand the electrical networks and establish electrical connections in these two towns. The project is largely based on the Ouagadougou Power Networks Restructuring and Extension Study conducted in 2015. The study proposed appropriate technical solutions for better structuring of the Ouagadougou power network and best options for its expansion to satisfy the steadily-growing demand in semi-urban areas. The project aims to restructure and expand the medium and lowvoltage distribution networks in the country’s two largest towns, install transformer substations, and establish 17,500 connections to households. It also comprises several activities intended to strengthen SONABEL’s operational capacity through the procurement of logistic resources, operating equipment, and electricity calculation software, as well as through the training of field workers and staff in charge of conducting studies. Implementation will span a period of 48 months from 2017 to 2020.

Project Objectives

The project development objective is to increase electricity access in Burkina Faso, specifically in the semi-urban areas of Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso. The project aims to restructure and strengthen electricity distribution networks in these two towns and expand them to semi-urban areas by: (i) constructing new MV and LV lines; (ii) creating new MV/LV transformer sub-stations and strengthening existing ones; (iii) upgrading kiosk sub-stations from the radial (single power supply) to the loop (dual power supply) distribution system; and (iv) establishing 17,500 connections to new households.


The project’s direct beneficiaries are the 17,500 households that will be directly connected to the electric power network thanks to the project and have access to electricity. Several scores of schools and apprenticeship/training centres in the PA will also be directly connected to the electricity network by the project. Furthermore, some of the many health units in these semi-urban neighbourhoods have small conservation and sterilization equipment (refrigerators, heaters, etc.) run intermittently on kerosene. In addition to the above-mentioned direct beneficiaries, the entire population living in the semi-urban areas of Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso will benefit from the project’s indirect spinoffs, thanks especially to the improved quality of basic public social services in these neighbourhoods (education, training, health, hygiene and sanitation, and drinking water). Modern and more reliable energy will also be available for their proper operation. The same also applies to small enterprises, trading stores, administrative and municipal services, workshops and processing units (grinding mills). SONABEL will also be a direct beneficiary of the project thanks to the expansion of its distribution network in the two major towns of the country. Its operational capacity will also be strengthened through: (i) the training of its workers in charge of network operation, studies and planning; and (ii) the procurement of logistical resources, as well as network operation equipment and appliances. The expansion of electricity networks will also benefit factories and industries established in the project area. Lastly, local enterprises specialized in electricity, fifty (50) of which are listed in the database of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will also benefit from the project through works contracts and sub-contracting.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Burkina Faso
Société Nationale d'Electricité (SONABEL)


IATI identifier 46002-P-BF-FA0-007
Last Update 05 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name BALL Fatimata
Email f.ball@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burkina Faso
Coordinates Location Name
11.41667 0.91667 Province de la Kompienga
12.2219 -4.1547 Bobo
12.32944 -1.62528 Zagtouli
12.5606 -1.10917 Ziga
11.17715 -4.2979 Bobo-Dioulasso
12.3657 -1.53388 Ouagadougou