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WAPP North Core Project for interconnectivity to be completed in 2023

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) recently hosted its 52nd executive board meeting where it was stated that the WAPP North Core Project will be completed by 2023.

The transmission line will link Nigeria, Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.

The WAPP North Core Project Chairman of the executive board of the regional body, Dr Sule Abdulazi made the announcement.

While highlighting key project implementation updates, the WAPP head said that the scheme, which seeks to interconnect Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin, was at the implementation phase with the procurement process underway.

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The project, he said, is expected to be completed by 2023 and is part of efforts of the WAPP to integrate the power systems of West African countries by delivering priority projects, which would ensure that all 14 countries in the mainland are eventually interconnected.

Other projects undertaken within the West African sub-region include the construction of the 330kV Volta (Ghana) to Lome (Togo) – Sakété (Benin) interconnection line that has been completed and will soon be energised and the WAPP Cote d’Ivoire – Sierra Leone – Guinea (CLSG) line also to be commissioned soon.

Abdulazi noted that WAPP has continued to make giant strides towards the effective operationalisation of the regional electricity scheme by continuing to harmonise the market rules and agreement by market participants on regulatory issues.

In his comments, Secretary-General of WAPP, Siengui Appolinaire KI, at the hybrid meeting urged members to be resilient despite the several challenges as reported by local newspaper This Day.

“We must at all costs continue our journey towards the ultimate goal of our institution, which is the implementation of a competitive regional electricity market. We absolutely must redouble our efforts to this end, the goal being more than ever within reach,” he said.

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Appolinaire noted that new rotating members of the executive council, who will have to sit for the next two years and a new vice-chairman would be elected, as the former vice Chairman, Hamidou Traore had been re-designated.

While welcoming participants to the meeting, Ahmed Coulibaly, the Director-General of Sonabel, called for more commitments: “In our sub-region, the stakes in the electricity sector are so high that we must rigorously ensure that the decisions are implemented on time.”

Nomvuyo Tena
Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce.