Electricity we are Selling to Four Countries is the Electricity that is not needed in Nigeria
Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, the Acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Chairman of the Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), has announced that Nigeria is in talks with four West African countries to sell them unused electricity through the planned $570 million Northcore Power Transmission Line.
According to the Everyday Trust, over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of power are unutilized daily across Nigeria’s Generation Companies (GenCos) and might be exported.
According to Abdulaziz, Nigeria expects additional generators to participate in the energy export for the 875-kilometer 330-kilovolt Northcore transmission line that runs from Nigeria to Burkina Faso via Niger, Togo, and Benin.
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The World Bank, the French Development Council, and the African Development Bank have all contributed to the project’s success. At a meeting on June 10 in Abuja, the energy ministers will discuss the project’s security challenges.
“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.”