AfDB To Support US$900 Million Mauritania-Mali Transmission Link

The line will also further the AfDB’s 10GW Desert-to-Power initiative.

By Liz Bains on
28th July 2023

A group of development partners has committed to mobilising funding for a $900 million power transmission line between Mauritania and Mali.

The partners made the commitment at a roundtable in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, on 17 July 2023. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has worked closely with both countries to prepare the project, affirmed its interest in co-funding the line. 

The project constitutes an essential link in the regional electricity distribution system known as the Trans-Sahel spine, which is currently being studied. The 225kV line will connect new renewable energy parks to the sub-region’s power grid. It will link Mauritania to Chad, passing through three other landlocked countries: Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. 

The transmission link will also support the AfDB’s Desert-to-Power initiative which aims to bring 10GW of renewable energy online by 2030.

Mauritania’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh stated: “The strategic nature of this project will have a strong transformative effect on the economy while creating a connection to the Senegal River Basin Development Organisation’s grid.”

According to the AFDB, the transmission line will connect 620,000 people to electricity.

Photo: Transmission line (© Kamil Fazrin Rauf | Dreamstime)

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