Sierra Leone - Rehabilitation and Extension of Bo-Kenema Distribution System Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2016
Signature Date 24 Feb 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 35,009,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rehabilitation and Extension of Bo-Kenema's Distribution System Project aims at upgrading and extending the Bo and Kenema power distribution network. The project is identified as a key deliverable of the Government's Post Ebola Recovery Program (PERP), which is in line with Sierra Leone's Agenda for Prosperity (A4P) renewed focus. The project will increase its power transfer capacity and increase reliability and availability of power supply in the the Bo-Kenema area, in Sierra Leone. More specifically, the project will focus on (i) upgrading and building a 70 kilometre (km) overhead 33 kilovolt (kV) line between Bo and Kenema along with the construction of two primary substations and rehabilitation of two city centres 33/11 kV substations in Bo and Kenema; (ii) extending medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) distribution network in both cities; (iii) implementing an end-user connection campaign with the objective to connect 37 000 additional households to the grid; (iv) providing services for preparation of designs and bid documents; (v) providing capacity building to Electricity Supply and Distribution Authority's (EDSA) relevant stakeholders; and vi) arranging for temporary power generation during construction. The total project cost is estimated at UA 38.08 million of which, the African Development Bank will contribute UA 9.309 million, the Department for International Development (DFID) UA 27.84 million, and the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) UA 0.93 million.

Project Objectives

The final development goal of the project is to ensure reliable power supply and access through a complete rehabilitation, improvement and extension of the distribution network enabling newly established communities who do not have access to electricity to be connected to the grid. The project should allow, more specifically, the construction of distribution lines, substations and an end-user connection campaign in Bo and Kenema.


The project’s direct beneficiaries are households, small businesses and manufacturing units located in the towns of Bo-Kenema and Blama. More than 500 000 persons in general, will benefit from better power supply in one way or another. The project seeks to enhance reliability of power supply for existing subscribers, which represents approximately 17,521 customers (10,509 in Bo, 6,762 in Kenema including 250 in Blama), and provide 37,000 additional connections to the grid. Other villages and communities along the project corridor including Baoma, Yamandu, Gerehun, Mano Junction and Panguma will be connected to the distribution line.

Participating Organization

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources
Government Of Sierra Leone
Transition Support Facility
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-F00-007
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Emmanuel MANIRAGABA

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone
Coordinates Location Name
7.87667 -11.1875 Kenema
7.96472 -11.73833 Bo