11 February 2008 - Sinohydro and the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a CLSG power system - a project involving the construction of four power stations and a dam. Power from this project will supply Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia.
The MOU requires Sinohydro to provide technical assistance to the WAPP to develop expertise in hydro power development, design, operation and power system planning. It also allows for other areas of expertise to be included that are "important to the smooth operations of the WAPP."
24 October 2007 - The West African Power Pool (WAPP) interconnection will cost approximately $16 billion said WAPP's secretary general, Amadu Diallo on Tuesday.
The project, which consists of transmission and generation subsectors, will be completed in phases, including all members of the WAPP: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Gambia and Cote d'Ivoire.
Speaking in Abuja, Mr Diallo said "We are not only playing politics, but we are coming with concrete proposal towards the achievement of the projects for the benefit of our people"
Benin and Togo are, 'with immediate effect', to again receive electricity from Cote d'Ivoire, following a visit by President Laurant Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire to Cotonou.
During the official visit to Benin last week, in which issues of joint interest were discussed, the resumption of electricity supply was one of the items on the agenda.
Since Cote d'Ivoire cut supply to Benin a few months ago, there has been very strict electricity rationing by the Beninese Electricity Community, the electricity regulating body. The electricity supply from Cote d'Ivoire accounts for almost 20% of the supply to Benin and Togo.