|Approval Date||15 Dec 2017|
|Signature Date||25 Jun 2018|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2022|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||23630|
The Nigeria-Benin-Niger-Burkina-Faso Power Interconnection Project, also called the North Backbone Project, involves the construction of a 330 kV double-circuit line over 842 km with transformer substations. The project aims to help lift the following power sub-sector constraints in the countries of the hinterland: (i) the structural generation deficit relative to electricity demand; (ii) the high proportion of thermal electricity, whose cost price is relatively high and which contributes to harming the environment; (iii) the low financial capacity of national electricity companies; (iv) the very limited extent of the high voltage power transmission network, which is an obstacle to energy exchanges among ECOWAS countries; and (v) the low access of the population to electricity. Two double-circuit 450 MW lines will be installed. The project will allow for power exchange among the four countries and with neighbouring countries to which they are interconnected, as well as electrification of 394 localities situated along the line within a 5 km radius. Estimated to cost UA 514.55 million, the project will be implemented over five years (2018-2022).
The project will help to: (i) meet the electricity needs of the population and national economies, in accordance with the national development strategies of the countries concerned and ECOWAS, which aims at universal access to reliable electricity by 2030, with a view to sustainable socio-economic transformation; and (ii) strengthen regional economic integration, through the establishment of power market.
The project will benefit people, especially those living in its direct impact area and various sectors of the economy of the four countries. It will have a major positive impact on the activities of residents of the PIA, in general, and those of women and youths, in particular, through new job opportunities, strengthening of commercial activities, better access to socio-economic infrastructure, the reduction of the load shedding time and electricity tariffs.
African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Societe Nigerien Electricite NIGELEC
|Last Update||15 Apr 2021|
|Name||KITANDALA LUHANA Raymond|