|Approval Date||12 Apr 2017|
|Signature Date||22 May 2017|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2022|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||23630|
The proposed operation is a supplementary financing in the form of a loan of UA 10.61 million from the African Development Fund [Transition Support Facility (TSF) Pilar I] to the Republic of South Sudan for the Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project (PDSRE). PDSRE aims at strengthening the distribution networks in Juba to provide reliable electricity supply from existing and future generation facilities and thus satisfy the suppressed load and demand growth in the city. The Bank support is in line with the South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP) and South Sudan Infrastructure Action Plan (SSIAP) both identifying infrastructure as a core priority for South Sudan. The Project consists of the construction of (i) 145 km of 33 kV lines; (ii) 370 km of 415/230 volt lines; (iii) drop lines for 20,000 new customers, (iv) the purchase and installation of 195 transformer stations of 33/0.415 kV; and (v) 20 000 prepaid meters for the newly connected customers. However, in the course of implementation, the project encountered financing gaps mainly due to the high international price rises of equipment and material compared to the project cost estimate during the project appraisal in 2013. The escalated project cost has resulted in a financing gap of UA 10.61 million to complete the construction. This additional resource will enable the completion of the project and the achievement of its development objectives.
The main development objective of the Project is to strengthen the distribution networks in Juba in order to provide reliable electricity and increase access in the city which is currently at a very low level. The supply of electricity will improve the quality of life of the residents; improve the performances of the public and private service providers; and promote businesses, thus contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction in South Sudan.
The project will be implemented in Juba, which is the capital of South Sudan and that of the Central Equatorial State. The city has three payams (districts) namely Juba, Kator and Munuki with an estimated population of 368,436 people of which 48.1% are women. The direct beneficiaries of the project will be key institutions and sectors, namely government offices, hotels, industry and public infrastructure such as water, health and education will be. The project will result in increased economic activities which are currently impaired by lack of affordable and reliable electricity supply; increased electrification rate to new parts of Juba with an estimated minimum of 20,000 new connections, and economic empowerment especially among women who are major players in food processing and catering.
Fragile States Facility
South Sudan Electricity Corporation
|Last Update||13 May 2021|