The project, which is expected to improve electricity connections between major West African countries, particularly Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso, is being carried out, according to Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, Managing Director / Chief Executive of Transmission Company of Nigeria, Nigeria’s export enables more electricity and improved revenues, especially foreign exchange.
Although Nigeria was forced to supply electricity to some neighboring countries due to an age-old agreement, the power generation companies (GenCos) had losses in the N1 region. reported 0.2 trillion on poor capacity utilization and the country’s inability to transport more than 21,184.62 megawatts of electricity to end users.
The conclusion is that Nigeria generates electricity but lacks adequate infrastructure, to send the energy to households. If there is no storage system, it becomes a waste.
With the new project, funded by the West African Power Pool (WAPP), stranded electricity can be delivered to other countries with useful capacity.
Abdulaziz, the WAPP chairman, noted that the project faced uncertainty challenges as well as the effects of COVID-19. These challenges, in his opinion, affect the likely completion of the World Bank-funded plan.
He said, “Nigeria has the greatest advantage among these four countries as the electricity is exported from Nigeria’s generators. These are companies that generate electricity in Nigeria. This will increase revenues and employ a lot of people in Nigeria. ”
The 875 kilometer“ North Core ”project remained on its toes, according to Abdulaziz, but added that while a consultant was hired and a safety report was made to the challenges, the energy ministers in the region are already considering a sustainable leeway.