Democratic Republic of Congo - Semi-Urban and Rural Electrification Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 2010
Signature Date 10 Mar 2011
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 69,690,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rural and Peri-Urban Electrification Project (PEPR) is an investment project concerning the rehabilitation and extension of the electric power distribution system of Kinshasa and selected localities in four provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It comprises the improvement, rehabilitation and extension of the MV/LV lines, establishment of connections, installation of public lighting units and promotion of specific commercial operations to increase the number of new subscribers and reach the maximum number of inhabitants, especially the most disadvantaged segments of the population. All these operations will contribute to increasing available energy, improving network operating conditions and enhancing the operational performance of sector players. They will also help reduce technical and non-technical losses, in particular through the installation of prepayment meters. Lastly, with a view to preparing future Bank operations in the sector, fifteen studies have been integrated into this project. The total project cost is estimated at UA 70.38 million. It will be implemented over 48 months as from 2011.

Project Objectives

The project goal is to contribute to improving the population’s living conditions by providing access to electricity and supporting the country’s economic and social development, with a view to reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs. Thus, the project objectives are to develop the electric power distribution facilities in Kinshasa and in the four (4) localities in the interior, and contribute to preparing a portfolio of credible and bankable energy projects in the DRC.


The main project beneficiaries are: (i) SNEL whose revenue from the sale of electricity will increase as a result of new subscribers and improved network reliability; (ii) SNEL’s new urban and rural subscribers, who will benefit from an improvement in the quality of service, a reduction in their energy expenditure through independent generation and motive power for different uses; (iii) the inhabitants of the project area, who will be employed on the project sites; (iv) the social sectors (water, sanitation, education); (v) the Government, which will collect additional fiscal revenue and; (vi) the private sector, especially through local enterprises, which will benefit from the different contracts for supplies and services, and improved service delivery and reliability.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Société Nationale d'Electricité


IATI identifier 46002-P-CD-FA0-003
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name KONATE Ibrahima

Geographic Location

Country Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Coordinates Location Name
0.568889 25.0269 Yakusu
-3.16667 28.25 Province du Sud-Kivu
-9 26 Province du Katanga
-0.666667 28.75 Province du Nord-Kivu
-2.91667 25.9167 Province du Maniema
-5.38333 27 Kongolo
0.516667 25.2 Kisangani
-7.25 28.4167 Kilaba
-4 24 Province du Kasaa-Oriental
-2.46833 28.8242 Kabare