The management of the of West African Power Pool (WAPP), has set 2019 target to connect all the sub region with electricity transmission lines.
The Chairman of West African Power Pool, WAPP, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, who disclosed this to newsmen during the ECOWAS sensitization meeting on regional electricity market agenda held in Abuja, said, already, construction of transmission infrastructure, has been completed in nine countries.
Mr, Gur Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, said serious efforts are on going to ensure the completion of the projects in the remaining West African countries by 2019.
The WAPP chairman also announced plans to construct a transmission line from Shiroro hydropower station in Niger State to Ivory Coast, the project he described as one of the biggest lines in West Africa.
According to him, “We have a target, actually as we speak with you about nine countries are already interconnected out of fourteen countries in West Africa.
“The remaining countries will be interconnected when some of the infrastructures that are currently being built are completed and we are looking at end of the 2019; all the fourteen land countries in West Africa will be connected through transmission network.
“The only country that may not be connected is Cape Verde because it is far away from the other countries because it is in the sea, so that is the only country that may not be connected after 2019. So this is the progress we have made so far.
“But in addition to that there is additional land that are being built across the region to even add more capacity, that is why you hear about the north coal line which is connecting Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger.
“You have also heard of median back bone, which will connect Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’ivoire, that is one line that is 330kv double sided line that will start from Siroro up to Cote d’ivoire.
“And then you have heard also of the coastal back bone which is the second coastal back bone, we had one that was the first in West Africa which is the Ikeja west to Sekete line. Now there is another one that we are undergoing a study to build it, so the infrastructure to export energy or import energy in west Africa is being built by Wan across the region.
“In fact we are looking at the possibility of building a line that will connect us with the central Africa Republic, that is the area that we are looking at to connect to central Africa power poll.” he said. culled from Peoplesdaily
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