Cape Verde - Electricity Transmission and Distribution Network Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Nov 2011
Signature Date 08 Dec 2011
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Mar 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 49,442,063.62
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Electricity Transmission and Distribution Network Development Project on Santo Antão, Sao Vicente, Sal, Maio, Santiago and Fogo Islands was designed after a feasibility study completed in September 2010 with financing from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project will help to upgrade power distribution networks to improve access to electricity and service efficiency and quality. The project will extend the MV/LV networks, strengthen and rehabilitate transmission lines and sub-stations, install the SCADA system comprising control, defect identification and management equipment (power cut and remote restoration) for distribution networks in three islands, and replacement of faulty meters. These activities will help to: (i) harmonize the voltage level at 20 kV for power distribution on all the islands covered by the project; (ii) reduce losses; (iii) increase the rate of access by the population to electricity services; (iv) reduce the duration of power outages caused by network defects; and (v) improve ELECTRA’s commercial performance. Its implementation will contribute to achieving the primary objective of the electricity sector development strategy, which seeks to raise power utility quality in Cape Verde.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to upgrade distribution networks to enhance access to electricity and service efficiency and quality. It will contribute to raising power utility quality in Cape Verde to international standards by improving the technical, commercial and financial performance of the National Electricity Company (ELECTRA).


Project beneficiaries will be households, government services and SMEs/SMIs of the aforementioned six islands. Enterprises and other economic operators, particularly in the tourism sector, will have reliable energy services enabling them to develop businesses and thus promote employment. The installation of SCADA will enable ELECTRA to provide the Economic Regulation Agency in charge of regulating the energy sector with more accurate indicators (network performance, duration of outages, etc.) to fix new tariff schedules.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Accelerated Cofinancing Facility for Africa
Government Of Cape Verde


IATI identifier 46002-P-CV-FA0-002
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name DJAIGBE Pierre

Geographic Location

Country Cape Verde
Coordinates Location Name
15.25 -23.1667 Ilha de Maio
16.8333 -25 Ilha de Sao Vicente
16.75 -22.9167 Ilha do Sal
15.0825 -23.6685 Ilha de Santiago
17.0833 -25.1667 Ilha de Santo Antao
14.9167 -24.4167 Ilha do Fogo