Morocco - Power Transmission Network Development and Rural Electrification Programme (PDRTE-ER)

Project Summary

Approval Date 10 Dec 2019
Signature Date 08 Apr 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 193,231,164.22
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Power Transmission Network Development and Rural Electrification Programme (PDRTE-ER) is an investment operation. It aims to improve the safety and efficiency of electricity supply in a sustainable development framework. The programme covers the construction and extension of: (i) power lines and substations (VHV and HV) to address current energy transmission constraints and ensure the evacuation of electricity to be generated through the development of additional production capacity, including renewable sources (solar and wind) and power grids (MV/LV) to provide widespread access to power in Moroccan rural areas. It will help to extend the interconnected grid and increase its transmission capacity, ensuring that the energy produced by solar and wind power plants under development or planned for 2020 can be evacuated. In addition, the PDRTE-ER contribute to the strong penetration of renewable and clean energy in the national energy mix, thus mitigating the effects of power generation on climate change, enabling Morocco to meet its national and international commitments in this area. The total cost of the programme is estimated at EUR 352.33 million. It will be carried out over five (5) years from 2020 to 2024. It comprises three components detailed below: (A) Power transmission; (B) Rural electrification; (C) Programme management.

Project Objectives

The programme's overall objective is to improve the security and efficiency of power supply in a sustainable development framework. Specifically, it aims to: (i) increase the transmission capacity of the national grid with a view to improving the security and efficiency of electricity supply and the overall technical performance of the national power system; (ii) guarantee the injection of additional power generated from renewable production sources (solar and wind) under development and the evacuation (transmission) of this energy to consumption centres or areas; and (iii) contribute to increasing the share of clean energy in the national electricity mix and mitigating the climate change impacts of power generation; and (iv) ensure widespread access to power supply in rural areas.


The main programme beneficiaries are the Moroccan Government, ONEE-BE, the Moroccan people (more than 99% of whom have access to electricity) and the productive sector (industry, transport, agriculture, etc.) through better availability of power. Power transmission facilities will serve to inject the power output from several ongoing solar and wind energy projects into the national grid, to enable ONEE to meet growing national demand (4.5% on average per year over the past decade). In addition, National and international firms will benefit from contracts for power supply and grid construction works. Hundreds of direct temporary jobs will be created during construction works on facilities under the programme.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-FA0-008
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mohamed Mehdi KHOALI

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
33.5333 -7.58333 Région du Grand Casablanca
28.987 -10.0574 Guelmim