Madagascar - Power Transmission Network Reinforcement and Interconnection Project in Madagascar - Phase II (PRIRTEM-II)

Project Summary

Approval Date 11 Dec 2020
Signature Date 15 Nov 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 30,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Power Transmission Network Reinforcement and Interconnection Project in MadagascarPhase 2 (PRIRTEM-II) will help to reduce the power deficit of the Antananarivo interconnected network (RIA) through the integration of new power plants, including Sahofika with a capacity of 192 MW and an output of nearly 1,500 GWh per year. Indeed, Madagascar has a huge but under-developed renewable energy potential. Less than 3% of the country’s hydropower potential (7,800 MW) is untapped. The project comprises: (i) the construction of a 135 km, 220 kV double-circuit interconnection line, with a capacity of 300 MW, between the Tana Sud 3 (TS3) and Vinaninkarena substations, via the Antanifotsy substation; (ii) the construction of the TS3 220/90/20 kV and Vinaninkarena 220/63/20 kV transformer substations; and (iii) the electrification of 19 villages in the Soanindrariny, Ambohidranandriana, Ambatomena and Ambohimiarivo municipal councils, representing 1,000 households. The expected outcomes of this investment operation are as follows: (i) increase in the coverage of the country's interconnected power grid; (ii) integration of major hydropower production facilities, in particular the future Sahofika power plant (192 MW); (iii) reduction of the harmful effects of fossil fuel-based power production on the environment; (iv) improved electricity access to the country and especially in the project area; and (v) job creation, knowledge transfer and capacity building for the power sector staff and particularly JIRAMA employees. The project is estimated to cost UA 83.982 million and will be implemented over 60 months (2021-2025).

Project Objectives

The project aims at strengthening and interconnection of Madagascar's power transmission networks. By helping to interconnect Madagascar's power grids, PRIRTEM-II will strengthen JIRAMA's power grid, thereby increasing the renewable energy transmission and evacuation capacity and providing access to more reliable and lower-cost energy.


The project will also electrify 19 villages in the Soanindrariny, Ambohidranandriana, Ambatomena and Ambohimiarivo municipal councils, providing electricity access to about 42,000 inhabitants of the area. Furthermore, the project will improve JIRAMA's financial situation thanks to the significant reduction in production costs that will be achieved by replacing very expensive thermal energy with renewable energies and by increasing the number of customers and sales. Lastly, PRIRTEM-II is expected to create more than 300 direct jobs, 20% of which will be held by women.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-MG-F00-006
Last Update 03 Oct 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Madagascar
Coordinates Location Name
-19.7 46.9 Vakinankaratra
-18.45 47.5 Analamanga