Madagascar - The Power Transmission Network Reinforcement and Interconnection Project (PRIRTEM)

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2019
Signature Date 06 Feb 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 27,820,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed intervention is an ADF loan of UA 27.82 million to finance the first phase of the Madagascar Power Transmission Network Reinforcement and Interconnection Project (PRIRTEM-I) aimed at interconnecting the country's three major power grids (Antananarivo, Toamasina, Fianarantsoa). The project plans to build a 220-kV power line with a 120 MW capacity and electrifying the rural areas along the high-voltage line corridor. The line, which will run across three (3) regions (Analamanga, Alaotra Mangoro and Atsinanana), will interconnect RIA and RIT to facilitate energy flow between the two networks and consequently ensure reliable power supply, while also easing the development of large hydropower facilities. Besides the power line, the project also includes the construction of 4 substations (Tana Nord II, Ambohibary, Antsampanana and Toamasina), which will strengthen RIA and RIT and ensure power distribution in the rural areas crossed. This programme will help to optimise and integrate production resources, particularly renewable energy production technologies. The availability of a new power transmission line between the country's two main interconnected grids - Antananarivo (RIA) and Toamasina (RIT) - is a necessary condition for the integration of major hydropower developments on the drawing board such as Volobe (120 MW) and Sahofika (192 MW). By upgrading its hydropower, Madagascar will also reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, the import costs of which have a significant impact on the economy and JIRAMA’s financial viability. The project will be implemented over 48 months, with the main works completed in Q4-2023.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to strengthen and link the two interconnected networks of Antananarivo (RIA) and Toamasina (RIT), and electrify localities and rural areas along National Road 2. PRIRTEM-1 will enhance the development and integration of renewable energy at a lower cost and render power supply more reliable in Madagascar's two largest cities, in addition to providing access to power in a rural area with high agro-industrial and mining potential. The project will contribute to improved business competitiveness, increased industrialisation, job creation and enhanced quality of life for the rural communities, including women actively involved in local economic activities.


The main beneficiary of PRIRTEM-1 is Madagascar water and power utility-Jiro sy rano Malagasy (JIRAMA), which will operate the 225-kV line and the distribution networks to be built. Rural Electrification Development Agency (ADER) will also be the direct beneficiary of Component aimed at developing mini-grids, while urban and rural communities will benefit from better electricity service and access to power, especially in areas that are completely isolated and remote from interconnected networks. Beneficiaries also include individuals, especially women, who will have access to jobs created and new businesses established as a result of the project.

Participating Organization

Transition Support Facility
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-MG-FA0-019
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Andriambelosoa Tiana MANASSE RATSIMANDRESY

Geographic Location

Country Madagascar
Coordinates Location Name
-21.4527 47.0857 Fianarantsoa
-18.1492 49.4023 Toamasina
-18.75 46.75 Antananarivo Province