In Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Energy has set itself the goal of connecting 1 million people to the national electricity network. To do this, it has launched several projects which record very advanced execution rates.

One of these initiatives is the Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso Peri-urban Electrification Project (PEPU). During a visit to the construction sites, Minister Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo was able to observe the progress of the project. In some districts like Yagma, the works are 90% complete. “We have received 45 sections and already 31 are finished with 148 km of low-tension lines completed. We are starting to build medium voltage lines. We will finish the work by June 15, ” said Abhishek Kumar Singh, the chief engineer of the Angélique international company who obtained this lot.

In the Rimkiéta district, work is completed and the lines will be commissioned during this month. It is the same in the districts of Sondogo and Bonheur-ville where the connection of households has already started.

“It is with great satisfaction that I saw firsthand the work done on the ground, because almost 1,000 km of lines were drawn to connect all these neighborhoods,” said the minister.

In all, the PEPU project will connect 17,500 customers to the electricity network, including 3,500 in Bobo-Dioulasso. It has an implementation cost of $ 51 million (31 billion FCFA) financed largely by the African Development Bank. The Burkinabé government and SONABEL, the national electric company, each contributed 4 billion Fcfa to the project.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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