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Electricity is provided by parastatal utility Electricidade et Aguas de Guinee Bissau. Guinea-Bissau has great potential resources for hydroelectric power development for the domestic market and even for export. The potential capacity of the Corubal and Geba rivers alone exceeds the country’s estimated future need.

The country regulator for the electricity industry is the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Plans & Projects

In October 2000, the 14 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of which Guinea-Bissau is a member, signed an agreement to launch a project to boost power supply in the region of West Africa. The West African Power Pool (WAPP) agreement reaffirmed the decision to develop energy production facilities and interconnect their respective electricity grids. According to the agreement, the WAPP will be accomplished in two phases but is planned to be fully implemented by 2005. Guinea-Bissau, along with countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Cape Verde, will actively be involved in the second phase of the WAPP agreement. Under the agreement, WAPP is expected to harmonize the regulatory framework that governs the electricity sector in each member country.

The commissioning of the two dams to be constructed before the year 2012 in the Senegalese region of Sanbangalo along River Gambia, and Guinea Bissau's region of Koletan along River Konkoure will stabilize the shortage of electricity in the four OMVG member states, namely, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.

River Gambia Basin Development Organization (OMVG) will henceforth supply 8% of its electricity production to Guinea Bissau, or the equivalent of 42% of the country's energy needs.In total, about 15 transformers will be constructed in Guinea Bissau to facilitate the transportation and distribution of electricity across the country.

Key Figures

  • Electricity produced: 65 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity consumed: 6.45 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Exported: 0 KWh (2008)
  • Electricity Imported: 0 KWh (2008)

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