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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 NAWEC in 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 selection criteria.

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;

• Compensation;

• 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
Description: Funding sources:
Power Stations BADEA
Transmitting & Grid Islamic Development Bank
Bansang area network & consultancy services  

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 Gambia. NAWEC will finance the entire local cost of the project amounting to D33 million.

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.



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