This week, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) received an approval to transmit power from the Mambila Hydropower Plant.
According to the company’s CEO, Mohammed Gur Usman, the power project forms part of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) projects.
“We have got approval to evacuate Mambila through Eastern Back Bone,” said Usman.
Speaking with The Nation in Abuja, he said the approval was received on 22 December 2018, at a meeting of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He said there was an approval of the updated version of the WAPP 2018 Master Plan of priority projects.
“One of the priority projects is the Eastern Backbone, which will start from Calabar and end in Kano. It is 330kV double socket. That project will enable us to connect with Central African Power Pool through Ikom. It will also send power to the most neglected parts of Nigeria,” stated TCN’s boss.
The most neglected parts, according to Usman, are northern Cross River and Taraba states.
He said the Mambila project has come up with an updated study for energy to be evacuated from where it is cheaper to where it is more expensive.
Usman said the updated study is seeking to evacuate energy from West Africa to Central African Power Pool and North Africa Power pool.
This cross border evacuation, according to him, requires transmission line development in the east of Nigeria.
He said the Benin axis has sufficient capacity and subsequently the Benin Electricity Company (BEDC) is not showing demanding for power, adding that: “I can tell you generally that we have a lot of power that BEDC is not taking.”