Côte d’Ivoire - Power Transmission and Distribution Networks Reinforcement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Nov 2016
Signature Date 20 Dec 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 109,999,920.19
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present project addresses the sector’s main problems, namely the dilapidated state and saturation of the networks, which affects the electricity sub-sector’s performance and are the causes of the suspension of new connections of industrial and household customers in certain regions, especially in the West of the country. Therefore, the project’s implementation will result in the launching of industrial and mining projects such as those related to the Feketero, Ouélé and Mahapleu gold mines, the Touleupleu iron ore mines, the Sampleu nickel mines and the San Pedro iron ore and manganese plant. The total estimated capacity of these projects by 2018 is 70 MW. The project will also allow wood processing industries in Montagnes District, currently using their own energy sources (diesel generators with a total capacity of 3.3 MW) to make significant savings as a result of their connection to the grid, the cost of which is CFAF 77 per kWh compared to CFAF 117 for the generators, i.e. a 34% saving. As a result of the project, Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE) (the power utility company) will close down eight isolated thermal plants operating in Montagnes District (in Tinhou, Diboke, Medibli, Taï, Sakre, Zeregbo, Koreahinou and Ouallo-Kouloukoro localities). The total project cost is EUR 162.14 million. The project comprises three components, namely: 1) infrastructure; 2) project management; and 3) environmental and social mitigation.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is the acceleration of the economy’s structural transformation through industrialization and improvement of the people’s living conditions. Its specific objectives are: (i) improve grid performance in order to provide consumers with high quality energy and (ii) increase the electricity access rate.


The direct beneficiaries of the rural electrification component are the inhabitants of 252 localities estimated at 245,000 people comprising 54.1% men and 45.9% women; persons aged under 15 account for 41.8% of the beneficiaries. The other project beneficiaries are economic operators whose activities could be launched or increased as a result of the availability of electricity as well as urban communities whose quality of life will improve thanks to the infrastructure created by the project. Other direct beneficiaries will be CI-ENERGIES and CIE due to higher turnover as a result of increased quantities of electricity sold and the reduction of losses.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Société des Energies de Côte d’Ivoire (CI-ENERGIES)


IATI identifier 46002-P-CI-FA0-014
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Email f.gaba-ouedraogo@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Cote d'Ivoire
Coordinates Location Name
5.30966 -4.01266 Abidjan