The Minister of Power, Engr. Saleh Mamman on Friday revealed that the West African Power Pool (WAPP) $568m North Core line project will be completed in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023.
The minister notes that power trade with the pool that comprises Nigeria, Burkinafaso, Togo, Benin and Niger, will save the region at least $58billion yearly.
He said: “Today, I am very encouraged within the strong commitment and collaborative effort of the West African Power Pool, the governments of Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso and our development partners on this new and innovative energy project and I am fully confident that the completion of this project, in the 3rd quarter of 2023”.
He made the declaration at the 1st Joint Ministerial Steering Committee (JMSC) meeting of the WAPP North Core Project in Abuja.”
He added that upon completion of the project, the operation and maintenance of the entire infrastructure shall be handed over to the utility companies of the participating countries.
According to him, nowadays, the limited accesses to electricity, as well as the endemic electricity shortages constitute a bottleneck to the socioeconomic development of ECOWAS Member States.
He explained further that through WAPP the Governments of Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso through their collaborative effort, have developed a sub-regional interconnection project referred to as the 330 kV WAPP North Core Regional Interconnection Project.