Multinational - Nigeria-Niger-Benin-Burkina Faso Power Interconnection Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 2017
Signature Date 25 Jun 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 62,500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

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).

Project Objectives

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.

Participating Organization

Societe Nigerien Electricite NIGELEC
Transition Support Facility
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-119
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Fatimata BALL

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
13.2 3.6 Dosso
11.5 4 Kebbi State
12.5 -1.66667 Burkina Faso
14.516 1.443 Tillaberi Department
11.66636 3.26373 Malanville
18 9 Niger
10 8 Nigeria
12.3657 -1.53388 Ouagadougou
13.5137 2.1098 Niamey
9.5 2.25 Benin