World Bank approves $55 million to boost energy access in Djibouti
The $55 million Second Djibouti-Power System Interconnection Project has been approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The new financing will help Djibouti foster more inclusive economic growth, and strengthen regional integration and energy access.
The Second Djibouti-Power System Interconnection Project aims to enhance regional connectivity through improved low-cost and clean electricity transmission between Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The operation will support the construction of a second double-circuit high voltage electricity power transmission line to connect the high voltage substation at Galafi, at the border with Ethiopia, to Nagad substation, near Djibouti-Ville. This new electricity line will help to stabilise power flows and make the systems more reliable. The project, limited to the Djiboutian side of the interconnection line, will be financed in parallel by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
“Increasing power interconnections is particularly important to boost inclusive growth, jobs and the transition to a green economy,” notes Boubacar-Sid Barry, World Bank Resident Representative in Djibouti. “By increasing access to cheaper and cleaner energy, the new project contributes to improving people’s lives and mitigating climate change.”
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