South Sudan to get US$26 million grant for electricity distribution network

elec dobrych flickrThe African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a grant of US$26mn to rehabilitate and expand electricity networks in South Sudan

Only 1 per cent of the South Sudan population has access to grid electricity.

This power distribution system rehabilitation and expansion project aims to provide electricity from existing and future generation facilities and satisfy the suppressed load and demand growth in Juba.

The upgraded and reinforced electricity supply will contribute to improve the quality of life, promote business and reduce poverty in South Sudan.

The project consists of the construction of 145 km of low-voltage 33 kV lines, 370 km of medium-voltage lines, purchase and installation of 195 transformer stations and 20,000 prepaid metres for connecting 20,000 new customers. It will also have a capacity-building component to ensure knowledge transfer in areas of procurement, finance and project management.

This is the first donor-funded project undertaken by the power utility South Sudan Electricity Corporation (SSEC) and is in line with the South Sudan development plan and the South Sudan infrastructure action plan, both identifying infrastructure as a core priority for South Sudan.

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