The federal government is planning to build transmission lines to other West African countries. This was disclosed by the managing director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr. Mohammed Gur Usman. Usman made the comment in Abuja at the 2019 participants/key stakeholders interactive forum.
The federal government on Wednesday, August 21, disclosed that it was building power transmission line to link up some countries in the West African sub-region. This was disclosed by the managing director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr. Mohammed Gur Usman.
Vanguard reports that Usman made the comment in Abuja at the 2019 participants/key stakeholders interactive forum organised by market operator. According to him, the project will take a 330KV electricity transmission line right from Nigeria up to Senegal.
His words: “In the whole of West Africa we are the only one that has the experience of 330KV but now 330 KV will run from Nigeria unto Senegal. He said,
“Let me be precise, we are going to have a 330KV that will run from Shiroro to, to Parakou, Parakou to northern Togo, northern Ghana to Cote deviore. “Another one will come from northern Ghana to Senegal to Guinea-Bissau, to Mali to Burkina Faso and it will join Ghana. This is the study that we have launched.”
To this end, Usman charged the major stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, especially, the Market Operator to be ready to assume the task of regional player in the sector.
He said, “As the chairman of West Africa Pool, WAP, I made the WAP to draft, the directives which was approved on the 22nd of May and 22nd of December, 2018.” Meanwhile, Edmund Ejie, the market operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Wednesday, August 21, revealed that the federal government approved the injection of N600 billion into the electricity market.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, August 21, Ejie said that the fund is due for disbursement anytime soon, adding that it is slated for the rectification of shortfall in invoices for the electricity market.
He stressed that the move by the federal government is for the entire market, not for any particular sub-sector.