Benin: laying the foundation stone for the Abomey-Calavi power grid restructuration project and the electrification of the Atlantic Department

The launch ceremony for the SBEE network restructuring and extension project in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi and the Atlantic Department  (PRERA) was held on 06 March 2020. This project is part of the modernization of the energy sector and better access to electricity in Benin.


IED is responsible for  technicalmanagement, as well as social intermediation activities with regard to subscribers  (census, subscription management, geolocation, etc.).

The ceremony was attended by many officials  and personalities  and was presided over by Energy Minister  Monsieur  Dona Jean-Claude HOUSSOU.


The objective of this project, which includes the construction of 63/20 kV substations at COCOCODJI and AKASSATO, as well as the construction of a 63 kV underground link and a reinforcement of the electricity grids in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi, is to develop the rate of increased access to electricity in the Atlantic department up to 50%, to improve the availability and the quality of electricity, to make networks more reliable and ensure better voltage distribution and stability while reducing the frequency and the duration of power cuts. It aims to connect more than 50,000 new subscribers to the SBEE network.

This project is financed for an amount up to 65.3 billion CFA francs by the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union and the Benin Electric Energy Company (SBEE).