Senegal - Project to Improve Access to Electricity in Peri-Urban and Rural Areas

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Oct 2018
Signature Date 17 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 30,097,618.38
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention is related to the improve access to electricity in peri-urban and rural areas Project (PAMACEL). It stems from Senelec’s comprehensive “Universal Electricity Access Programme” whose objective is to connect at least 600 000 new customers by 2025. The project seeks to rehabilitate and extend the low- and medium-voltage distribution networks in these areas in all regions of the country, and to improve Senelec’s business management and governance by training staff, replacing thousands of post-payment metres with prepayment ones and establishing a monitoring and evaluation unit. PAMACEL seeks to improve electricity distribution and increase the population’s access to quality power supply in many peri-urban and rural areas located within Senelec’s concession areas in all regions of Senegal outside Dakar, which is covered by other projects. Access by rural dwellers to basic services such as electricity is one of the means of improving inclusive economic growth in a country with a relatively wide disparity between urban and rural areas. The project will help to: (i) increase the national electricity access rate from 68% in 2017 to 75% in 2022 by connecting 75 000 new subscribers; (ii) reduce the rate of overall power losses from 23% to 15% in the localities concerned; and (iii) strengthen Senelec’s business management and governance. It comprises three components, namely: (i) Infrastructures; (ii) institutional support; and (iii) project management.

Project Objectives

The project goal is to improve power distribution and the quality of life for the people by increasing their access to quality energy service. The specific project objectives are to: (i) connect 75 000 new subscribers to the distribution network in 786 localities; (ii) replace 25 000 post-payment metres with smart prepayment metres; (iii) reduce the overall rate of losses (technical and commercial) in the localities concerned from 23% to 15%; and (iv) strengthen Senelec’s business management and governance.


The direct project beneficiaries are Senelec, the 25 000 subscribers whose analogue electric metres will be replaced by new-generation prepayment metres, the 75 000 new subscribers who will be connected to the network under the project and the population living in one of the 786 localities located in the 13 regions covered who will benefit from better quality basic social and public services (health, education, etc.) and street lighting through improved power supply.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-SN-FA0-005
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name DJAIGBE Pierre

Geographic Location

Country Senegal