Chairman, Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and Acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz has revealed that Nigeria is currently in talks with four West African countries to sell unused Electricity to them through a planned $570 million Northcore Power Transmission Line.
According to Daily Trust, about 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity goes unused daily in Nigeria and could be exported.
Abdulaziz said Nigeria is expecting new generators to participate in the energy export for the 875 kilometers 330 kilovolts Northcore transmission line from Nigeria through Niger, Togo, Benin to Burkina Faso.
Progress has been recorded in the project financed by the World Bank, the French Development Council, and the African Development Bank. The energy ministers will be addressing security issues for the project at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, June 10.
“The power we will be selling is the power that is not needed in Nigeria. These generators that are going to supply power to this transmission line are going to generate that power specifically for this project. So it is unutilised power.
“In addition, there are some communities that are under the line route, about 611 of them which will be getting power so that there won’t be just a transmission line passing without impact.
“Nigeria has the greatest advantage among these countries because the electricity is going to be exported from Nigerian GenCos. So from that, the revenue is going to be enhanced and a lot of people will be employed in Nigeria.”
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