Multinational - Project to Interconnect the Power Grids from the Boali Hydro-Power System - Phase I


Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Sep 2012
Signature Date 17 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 29,730,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Project consists of rehabilitating and strengthening Boali 1 (8.75 MW), Boali 2 (20 MW) and Boali 3 (10 MW) hydro-power plants in CAR as well as the Bangui (CAR), Zongo and Libenge (DRC) thermal power plants; build and strengthen the transmission grid with, in particular, a 110 kV line between Bangui and Libenge; rehabilitate and extend the distribution grid including the implementation of connections. It will be implemented in two phases. This phasing of the project is justified by the need to urgently respond to the calamitous situation regarding electric power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure in CAR, which no longer meets the needs for basic services such as drinking water supply. The first phase of the project mainly involves the rehabilitation and strengthening of generating units for the transmission and distribution of power. The second phase's major activity will be the construction of the 110 Kv line from Bangui and Libenge. Phase 1 involves the rehabilitation and strengthening of : i) the Boali power system's generating units ; ii) the 110 kV transmission line linking Boali to Bangui currently operated with 63 kV; (iii) the obsolete Bangui, Zongo and Libenge thermal generating plants; (iv) the electrification of CAR localities crossed by the lines, (v) the electrification of Zongo; and (v) building the human and technical capacity of ENERCA. Phase 2 consists of: (i) the construction of the 110/132 kV HV line from Bangui to Libenge and the related substations; and (ii) the electrification of 5 other localities in DRC crossed by this line.

Project Objectives

The project’s objective is to increase access to modern energy by interconnecting CAR and DRC power grids from the Boali hydro-power system. The specific objective is to increase the availability of electrical power and meet the growing electricity needs of both countries.

Beneficiaries

The populations of the Ombella-M’Poko prefecture in CAR and Equateur Province in DRC. The Project covers thirteen localities including villages and some neighborhoods on the CAR side, and six localities on the DRC side.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Implementing
GOUVERNEMENT RCA MULTINATIONAL REPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE PROJET D INTERCONNEXION DES RESEAUX ELEC DE LA REPUBLIQUE CENTREAFRICAINE

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-026
Last Update 02 Dec 2022

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Contact Details

Name TINE Papa Daouda
Email p.tine@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
4.35 18.6 Ville de Zongo
4.30276 21.1895 Mobayi-Mbongo
3.65332 18.6357 Libenge
4.80048 18.1275 Boali
0.438 18.919 Equateur
4.16667 17.66667 Lobaye
4.36122 18.555 Bangui
5.08333 18 Ombella-Mpoko