Madagascar - Sahofika – Equity Participation in the Capital of the NEHO (Nouvelle Energie Hydroélectrique de l'Onive)

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 May 2020
Signature Date 10 Jun 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 3,220,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention relates to the Sahofika Republic of Madagascar Equity Participation Project. It’s an ancillary project in support of the Sahofika Hydro Power Plant project, a 205 MW greenfield hydropower plant development which the Bank is supporting through three separate interventions. It entails the acquisition by the GoM of newly issued shares to the tune of EUR 30 million in the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) implementing and operating the Sahofika HPP project. The investment, equivalent to an approximate 10-15% of shareholding, will be used to fund part of the project costs of the Sahofika HPP Project. The Sahofika HPP Project comprises the following main facilities: (i) a main RCC dam of 60m height comprising a water intake, an ungated upper spillway, a gated bottom outlet and an ecologic flow; (ii) a backfill saddle dam of 35 m height and 150m length; (iii) a 4,470m underground tunnel including a vertical surge chamber and two 1,800m long and 2.2m diameter penstocks; (iv) a surface powerhouse with an installed power capacity of 205MW comprising of 6 Pelton turbines and a switchyard; (v) a camp site comprising construction facilities and a permanent Operation and Maintenance (O&M) camp site; (vi) internal roads connecting facilities. The project has two main components, namely: (1) acquisition by the Crown of a 15% equity interest in NEHO, and (2) project management.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to provide support to the Government of Madagascar to participate directly, i.e. as EUR 30 million equity holder, in the Société Nouvelle Energie Hydroélectrique de l’Onive (NEHO).


The target of the project is the total population of the four fokontany affected by the dam and reservoir. This population is estimated at about 5,760 people, of which 2,062 will benefit from the project. The female population represents 50.3%, the male 49.7%. The population is relatively young, with 45% under 15 years old and only 3% above 65 years of age. The percentage of adult literacy is 64.5%. The percentage of male headed household is larger than female household heads, at 89.3% and 10.7% respectively. The primary livelihoods are related to agriculture and livestock production, with additional activities such as artisanal mining providing complementary income.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
MINISTERE DE L'ENERGIE ET DES MINES Direction de l'Eau et de l'Assainissemen


IATI identifier 46002-P-MG-F00-007
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name ACHIENG Jectone Tocho

Geographic Location

Country Madagascar
Coordinates Location Name
-19.7447 47.4813 Antanifotsy
-19.4333 48.2167 Anosibe an Ala
-20.05 48.11667 Marolambo
-17.9 48.4 Alaotra Mangoro Region
-19.76667 48.03333 Onive
-19.7 46.9 Vakinankaratra