The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jeddy-Agba on Thursday said the federal government is committed towards implementing the $36.4 billion (about N13.2 trillion) Energy Master Plan for the development of the West African regional generation and transmission infrastructure.
Launching the North Core project to build a transmission line from Nigeria across Niger to Burkina Faso during the 34th technical and financial partners meeting of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the minister said the master-plan was adopted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ministers in charge of energy on December 4, 2018 and subsequently approved by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on December 22, 2018.
Mr Agba said the 330kV WAPP North Core Interconnection Project would cover a 330kV transmission line from Kainji to connect Niger Republic, Togo, Benin to Burkina Faso.
The Minister also listed some government’s projects in support of the regional energy to include Zungeru and Mambilla hydropower plants, 330 kilovolts (KV) Nigeria to Niger, and Benin/Togo to Burkina Interconnection Project.
“In 2023, we expect this project to be commissioned and I therefore exhort all involved to make this a reality,” the minister said.
The Chairman of WAPP and Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, said the regional agency is fully operationalising a regional electricity market within ECOWAS.
He said it is a market that shall yield socio-economic benefits and uplift the well-being of the ECOWAS citizenry.
The ECOWAS Minister, Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr Sedikou Douka said WAPP is currently executing 20 power projects adding that 12 of them worth $7bn will generate 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2020.
The priority project is being driven in Nigeria by TCN and other WAPP member countries to boost Nigeria’s power export capacity and to provide cheaper energy in West Africa.