Gambia River Basin Organization (OMVG) Electricity

The project, which started with a NEPAD-IPPF grant of $500,000 in 2006, involves construction of 1,677 km of 225KV transmission lines, 15 225/30KV substations and two dispatching centres, and will have a transfer capacity of 800MV. A fibre-optic cable will also be installed as part of the project, enabling high-speed broadband connections in all four countries.

Project financing

The cost of the project was funded by the World Bank (IDA); AfDB; European Investment Bank; France Government. of [Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) ; Islamic Development Bank ; Germany Kreditanstalt Fur Wiederaufbau (KFW), West African Development Bank, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

Impact

The progressive integration of isolated national grids into a unified interconnection system will help make electricity more accessible, reliable and affordable for those living in the region. The OMVG network will play an important role within the West African Power Pool system by connecting the existing Senegal River Basin Development Organization network in the north to the Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea network in the east.