Nigeria, Sun Africa ink US $1.5bn EXIM supported deal for electrification

(Pumps Africa, Nairobi, 16 August 2022) The government of Nigeria and Sun Africa have inked a deal to reduce the gap in access to electricity between the country’s urban and rural areas through the extension of the national electricity grid in underserved states. The two are set to partner and install solar energy production systems in a dozen localities poorly served by the national electricity network. As part of this energy policy, the authorities of this West African country have obtained a loan of US $1.5bn from the American export credit agency Exim Bank. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of 432.3 billion dollars in 2020 according to the World Bank, Nigeria, as the largest economy in Africa, has an electricity access rate of 60%, of which only 34% is in rural areas. 85 million people do not have access to electricity.