Nigeria to export unutilized power to W. African countries

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said procurement plans are ongoing to build the North Core transmission line worth £27 million (about N12.402 billion) to connect Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso and raise Nigeria’s energy export capacity.

The Managing Director of (TCN) and Chairman, West African Power Pool’s (WAPP) Executive Board, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the joint technical working group of WAPP.

He said: “The North Core will run from Nigeria to Niger and Burkina Faso. It will also tee-off from the line that goes to Niger to northern Benin. The aspect of the line that concerns Nigeria is that from Birnin Kebbi to the border with Niger and its cost is £27 million.”

Mr Mohammed said Nigeria was ready to export the excess electricity that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) could not deliver to consumers so the country can earn more foreign exchange. Presently, Nigeria exports electricity to Niger, Benin and Togo.

He said Nigeria was keying into higher energy export because generation was cheaper and many countries were willing to buy from the country. He however noted that the country’s grid frequency must be synchronised with those of WAPP country members to enable the trade, which necessitated the meeting.

Source: Daily Trust

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