TCN, WAPP Move To Fast Track Power Transmission Project Across 14 W’african Countries
By Tayo Elegbede
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West Africa Power Poll (WAPP) are to fasttrack the power transmission project across 14 West African States
The virtual meeting, which held at the TCN’s office witnessed both parties having charts towards facilitating the progress of the regional power transmission agenda in the West Africa sub region.
The project, which is to span two and half years, covers 14 of the 15 countries of the regional economic community, including Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
According to the WAPP Secretary General, Siengui Ki, on power wheel, a TCN initiated programme, there was need expedite action on some of the power transmission interconnection projects like the second line from Nigerian to Benin Republic transmission line, adding that the second line study which needs to have been concluded now is been delayed.
He said the delay of the line’s study has caused the donors to keep waiting, hence the need for stakeholders to agree upon its institutional framework.
With the primary objective to develop a power transmission network that interconnects the entire West African Region, WAPP was created by the Decision on the 22nd Summit of the Authority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government with the aim of curtailing the power deficit prevalent in the West African sub-region.
The project’s infrastructure mainly comprises 875km of 330kV double circuit transmission lines from Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) through Zabori (Niger) and Gorou Banda (Niger) and from Zabori (Niger) to Malanville (Benin).what
The $567.5 million project, which is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2023 by ECOWAS, has the Federal Government of Nigeria contributing 0.9 per cent, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) 6 per cent, African Development Bank 20.5 per cent and the World Bank contributing 72.6 per cent, while the European Union is to fund the Rural Electrification component of the project.
MKI told the gathering that the north core project, which is the interconnector between Nigeria, Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso line is more than an 800 kilometers line flagged off last year was in progress and at the implementation unit in Abuja.
He also raised the need for the power utility firms of the countries to meet toward proceedings to the other stages of the implementation of the north core and that it was important to first consult the acting managing director of TCN.
The acting Managing Director (MD) of TCN, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulazizi introduced the management team of the company to their WAPP partners assured them of their commitment to support the regional electricity course, adding that it was important to gain the assurances to work as a team and corporation.
The TCN MD gave permission to the WAPP secretary-general to proceed on arranging a schedule for the meeting of the utility firms of the interconnecting countries and the WAPP team and noted that there was need to accelerate the north core project implementation.