African bank considers funding 90-MW Sambangalou, 215-MW Kaleta

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is considering a proposal to provide 120 million Units of Account (US$193 million) to the Gambia River development agency to aid construction of the 90-MW Sambangalou and 215-MW Kaleta hydroelectric projects.

The plan is to be presented to the AfDB council in December to provide financing to the Organization for the Development of the River Gambia (OMVG), which includes Guinea, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia. In 2007, several international development agencies pledged US$402 million to help finance hydropower development the Gambia River Basin. (HNN 5/28/07)

Components of the program include:
o Sambangalou hydroelectric project 22 kilometers south of Kedougou, Senegal, in the Gambia River catchment;
o Kaleta hydroelectric project at Konkoure, Guinea;
o Interconnection of electric resources of the four OMVG member states; and
o Consultant services for control, supervision, and monitoring of work.

The OMVG members have agreed to build Sambangalou and Kaleta. The OMVG project also includes construction of 1,677 kilometers of transmission line and 15 substations interconnecting the nations. The project is to help meet 22 percent of the energy needs of the four countries.

The Economic Community of West African States said in February that SinoHydro of China expressed interest in developing Sambangalou and Kaleta on a public-private partnership model. (HNN 2/8/08)

For information, contact L.K. Litse, Acting Director, Country Operations: West B., African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia; (216) 7110-2047.

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