The Rural Electrification Project in The Gambia started in
1993 when Electricite de France (EDF) prepared an electrification
master plan for the GBA and the rural provinces, which basically
envisaged the electrification of towns within 80-km radius
from two proposed central power stations in the Gambia's rural
centres of Mansakonko and Bansang.
The project would consists of 6 power stations supported by 11kv
transmission systems that it is hoped will form the basis for
developing a national grid across Gambia. The new project will extend power to new
areas and consolidate supply in others.
Lahmeyer International (LI) was thereafter commissioned by
1997 to prepare an “Engineering Study” for economically feasible rural
electrification projects based on the EDF conclusions and
recommendations of the 1993 master plan.
The LI study presented recommendations with respect to the
location and size of the power plans and the associated transmission
network to electrify the fifty (50) settlements that met the
Components of The Project:
The rural electrification project consists of:
• Construction of six power stations;
• Supply, installation and rehabilitation of six transmission
and distribution networks;
Supply and installation of environmental monitoring equipment;
• Consultancy services for Supervision & Audit.
The primary objective of the project is to encourage economic
growth in The Gambia by providing continuous power supply
to 46 towns and villages thereby contributing to the reduction
of poverty in the project area. The project aims to develop
the initial stage of a national power grid, which will eventually
be connected to the Greater Banjul system.
The total cost of the project net of taxes is estimated at
US$22.3 million (GMD 223 million) of which $19 million (GMD
190 million) will be externally funded by the ADB, BADEA and
the IDB. The remaining amount is to be funded locally by NAWEC
in local currency, the Dalasi.
||Donor Funding For
the Rural Electrification Project
Transmitting & Grid
Islamic Development Bank
Bansang area network &
The ADF funds will be utilised to finance part of the
networks, the Environmental Marketing Equipment and the
consultancy services. BADEA will finance the foreign exchange
cost of the power stations component while, the IDB will provide
all the foreign exchange funds for part of the networks in
will finance the entire local cost of the project amounting to
Its implementation will enhance the economic opportunities
of the populace in these areas and improve their social well
being thereby assisting in the reduction of poverty.
Consequently, rural migration to the GBA will be reduced.