Rural Electrification Project I (ADF)

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Sep 1979
Signature Date 01 Feb 1980
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 1984
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 1984
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 7,368,416.01
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present Rural Electrification Project I should enable the Government to correct the disparity in living conditions existing between population in the large metropolitan areas (mainly Cairo and Alexandria) and those in the poor urban centers (small towns) and rural areas (villages). It involves the expansion of electric power distribution and consumer service facilities supplying about 300,000 inhabitants in towns and villages of three rural zones in Egypt namely governorates of Beny Sweif, Kafr El Sheikh and El Beheira. It consists of: a) the erection of 1200 km of 11 KV and 380/220 volt overhead and underground distribution power lines and related equipment; b) the construction of 1000 power distribution kiosks type sub-stations and pole mounted transformers of sizes ranging from 25 to 250 KVA; c) the installation of 120,000 single phase meters and 2600 three phase meters; d) the engineering and supervision of execution.

Project Objectives

The project aims at providing cheap electric power from integrated hydro-thermal sources, instead of the more expensive isolated diesel power stations; for domestic ligthting, industrial and commercial use and operation of irrigation schemes.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the inhabitants of Beny Sweif, Kafr El Sheikh and El Beheira governorates, as well as economic operators who use electricity in their activities.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government of Egypt
Egyptian Rural Electrification Authority (REA)
Egyptian Electricity Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-EG-FAD-001
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name FIKRU Bizuneh

Geographic Location

Country Egypt