Guinea-Bissau - Bissau City Power Distribution System Improvement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Jul 2018
Signature Date 31 Aug 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 20,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Electricity Distribution System Development Project in the City of Bissau (PDSDE) is part of the Electricity Sub-Sector Investment and Capacity Building Program of Guinea Bissau. This Program which is under the country's 2015-2020 Strategic and Operational Plan aims to improve the distribution and increase people's access to quality electricity in the city of Bissau, which is the capital. The cost of the Project is estimated at UA 20.23 million and will be co-financed by the Bank and the Government. The duration of the Project is 36 months from 2018 to 2021. The Project consists, on the one hand, of completely taking over the electricity distribution network in the capital and passing it through the medium voltage network ( MT) from 6 kV to 10 kV and to strengthen and extend it in the outlying districts of Bissau where it is virtually none, and on the other hand to improve the commercial management and governance of the Guinea-Bissau Electricity and Water Corporation (EAGB).

Project Objectives

The development objective of the PDSDE is to improve the distribution system of electric power and to increase access to electricity for the population of the city of Bissau. Its specific objectives are to: (i) reduce from 20 to less than 1, the daily number of interruptions in the supply of electricity related to the defective state of the distribution networks; (ii) reduce the overall loss rate (technical and commercial) from 47% to 17%; and (iii) strengthen the business management and governance of the EAGB.


The direct beneficiaries of the Project are, the EAGB, the 15,000 subscribers out of the current 34,900 customers whose faulty (analogue type) electricity meters will be replaced by new generation prepayment meters, the 20,000 new customers that will be connected. to the network thanks to the Project as well as the rest of the residents of Bissau who will benefit, thanks to a better availability of electricity, from the improvement of the quality of services in the basic socio-public establishments (health, education, etc.). ) and public lighting in the streets of the city.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Government Of Guinea-Bissau
Ministère de l’Energie, de l’Industrie et des Ressources Naturelles


IATI identifier 46002-P-GW-FA0-005
Last Update 30 Nov 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Guinea-Bissau
Coordinates Location Name
11.86357 -15.59767 Bissau