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

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 2017
Signature Date 14 Mar 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 50,000,000
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

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-146
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name BALL Fatimata

Geographic Location

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