WAPP set to inspect Gencos for West African power project

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) has said it is targeting an integrated power supply system across West African countries just as it has engaged General Electric (GE) to test frequency stability equipment across the Generation Companies (GenCos).

The Chairman of the executive board of WAPP, Usman Gur Mohammed, stated this at the WAPP grid synchronisation network meeting in Abuja yesterday.

Mohammed said, “The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market was launched in June, 2018, as part of efforts to ensure the realisation of the mandate given to the WAPP by the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, about two decades ago.”

He said to achieve this, the entire WAPP Interconnected Power System, which is currently operated as three separate synchronised network islands, must not only be wholly synchronised, but operated as a single reliable network.

Mr. Mohammed, who is also the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), tasked operators of the GenCos to cooperate with GE by granting its team access when it goes to test power generators and other frequency stability equipment at the plants.

He said, “It is my desire to see a synchronised WAPP Interconnected Power System by the time this project is completed, and therefore, I would encourage each one of us here to offer our support to WAPP and GE whenever called upon.”

The Director (Information and Coordination) of WAPP, Engr. Nazif Abdulkadir, said the three-day project kicked-off with a meeting between WAPP secretariat, General Electric International Inc. and stakeholders in the power sector towards implementing the grid synchronisation.

Source: Daily Trust



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