- Nigeria is set to sell electricity to four West African countries.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Nigeria has concluded plans to sell electricity to four West African countries.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Sule Abdulaziz, at the WAPP meeting on the Northcore project in Abuja on Wednesday.
Abdulaziz stated that Niger, Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso were collaborating to buy the unutilised power produced in Nigeria.
Abdulaziz, who is also the acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), added that the four countries were collaborating to make the power purchase from Nigeria through the Northcore Power Transmission Line currently being built.
“The power we will be selling is the power that is not needed in Nigeria.
“The electricity generators that are going to supply power to this transmission line are going to generate that power specifically for this project. So, it is unutilised power,” he said.
Abdulaziz further disclosed that Nigeria was expecting new generators to participate in the energy export for the 875km 330KV Northcore transmission line from Nigeria through Niger, Togo, Benin to Burkina Faso.
He added, “In addition, there are some communities that are under the line route, about 611 of them, which will be getting power so that there won’t be just a transmission line passing without impact.”
The WAPP Chairman said the project, funded by World Bank, French Development Council and the African Development Bank, had recorded progress, adding that the energy ministers would be addressing security issues for the project at another meeting in Abuja.
Also speaking, the WAPP Secretary-General, Siengui Appolinaire-Ki, stated that the cost of the project was about $570m, adding that part of the investment in each country would be funded by that particular nation.
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