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Senegal - Project to improve access to electricity in peri-urban and rural areas - Appraisal Report
The Project to Improve Access to Electricity in Peri-urban and Rural Areas (PAMACEL) stems from the “Universal Electricity Access Programme” designed by the Senegal Power Utility (Société d’Electricité du Sénégal, Senelec) in 2017, which in turn falls under the Company’s 2020 strategic plan referred to as the “YEESAL Senelec 2020 Plan”. PAMACEL seeks to improve electricity distribution and increase the population’s access to quality power supply in many peri-urban and rural areas located within Senelec’s concession areas in all regions of Senegal outside Dakar, which is covered by other projects. Access by rural dwellers to basic services such as electricity is one of the means of improving inclusive economic growth in a country with a relatively wide disparity between urban and rural areas. More specifically, PAMACEL will help to: (i) increase the national electricity access rate from 68% in 2017 to 75% in 2022 by connecting 75 000 new subscribers; (ii) reduce the rate of overall power losses from 23% to 15% in the localities concerned; and (iii) strengthen Senelec’s business management and governance. The project cost is estimated at EUR 76.3 million and will be co-financed by the Bank and Senelec. The project will be implemented over a 43-month period from October 2018 to April 2022.