Tunisia - Project to develop and equip the Power Transmission Grid (PAERTE)

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Oct 2019
Signature Date 17 Dec 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 82,256,258.71
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Project to Develop and Equip the Power Transmission Grid (PAERTE) is an investment project aimed at strengthening Tunisia's electricity transmission grid. It is part of the electricity transmission programme of the XIIIth Plan 2016-2020. The project is consistent with Tunisia's energy transition plans. Indeed, the envisage project infrastructure is aimed at integrating renewable energies into the national electricity grid. The PAERTE project is therefore one of STEG's initiatives to strengthen and extend its electricity transmission network before this deadline, with a view to absorbing and transmitting countrywide the large volume of intermittent renewable energy expected from these planned solar and wind power plants. Its completion will make it possible to increase the transit capacity of transmission lines and distribute electricity, thus integrating locally produced renewable energy; reduce technical loss rates; and improve the overall quality of service. The duration of the project physical execution is 48 months from 2020 to 2023 with a total cost estimated at EUR 290 million.

Project Objectives

The project sector objective is to improve the performance of the national electricity transmission network in order to meet the country's growing demand for electricity and contribute to Tunisia's economic and social development. Its goal is to improve electricity supply quality throughout the country, particularly in the Bizerte, Ben Arous, Sousse, Sfax, and Gabes governorates. The project also aims to strengthen the electricity grid for the integration of renewable energies expected from solar and wind power plants that are being developed.


Over 400,000 people live in the project influence area, half of whom are women. Owing to its direct impact on electricity distribution networks, transmission network stability and service quality improvement, the project will generally benefit all STEG household and industrial subscribers. Specifically, the project will benefit residential customers in areas experiencing high voltage drops, new housing estates that will be connected to the electricity grid, economic actors, tourism infrastructure and future independent producers of electricity, including from renewable sources (solar and wind), that will have a reliable outlet for the power generated from their plants. During the construction phase, an estimated 1,200 temporary jobs will be created. Unskilled labour will be primarily recruited locally. Tunisian companies with proven energy sector experience will benefit from several direct or sub-contracted contracts during construction of the project's electricity infrastructure. They will also benefit from maintenance contracts for same infrastructure during the operational phase. In addition, the project will contribute to the deployment of the renewable energy development programme in Tunisia, whose objectives include strengthening the development of a green energy industrial sector (manufacture of solar and wind power plant equipment).

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Tunisia


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-FA0-008
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name KHOALI Mohamed Mehdi
Email m.khoali@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
36.76667 10.13333 Gouvernorat de Tunis
35.3 10.71667 El Jem