Liberia - Renewable Energy for Electrification in Liberia (REEL Project)


Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Oct 2019
Signature Date 29 Jan 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 6,590,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The Renewable Energy for Electrification in Liberia (REEL Project) aims at developing the run-of-river Gbedin Falls HPP with a total capacity of 9.34 MW. The power plant will be located in the St. John River in the Nimba County and will connect to the existing cross-borderline between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire through an 8km 33kV evacuation line. The project is expected to become a source of reliable, sustainable and affordable power in the region, allow grid expansion to isolated localities and remote areas, and encourage the connection of a larger amount of households, schools, health centers, businesses and industries to the national grid. It will also significantly reduce the number of fossil energy units and increase the electrification rate in Liberia. The project’s total cost is estimated at UA 24.45 million and will be implemented over the 2019-2024 period. The project has three components, namely: (i) Infrastructure, (ii) support for project implementation, and (iii) technical assistance and capacity building.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to increase access to electricity and to foster the use of renewable energy sources.

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of the project are communities located in Nimba County and the professionals working in the energy sector in Liberia. The project will enable the provision of reliable electricity and will improve socio-economic conditions to an estimated population in excess of 60,000 persons living in the project area through its positive influence on key components of poverty namely health, education, income and environment while equally addressing the main drivers of fragility in Liberia.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Funding
Fragile States Facility
Extending
Government Of Liberia
Implementing
LIBERIA ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-LR-FA0-001
Last Update 18 Oct 2020

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Contact Details

Name MANIRAGABA Emmanuel
Email e.maniragaba@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Liberia