North Dorsale Interconnection Project to enhance electricity trade across West Africa

In a bid to bolster electricity connectivity and economic growth across West Africa, the North Dorsale Regional Power Interconnection Project, spearheaded by the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is well underway.

Initiated in May 2019, this transformative initiative aims to link five countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo—through the development of a substantial electricity transmission network.

The centerpiece of this project is the construction of a 330 kV high-voltage transmission line spanning approximately 880 kilometers, complemented by a 225 kV line stretching 33 kilometers.

Once operational, this interconnected grid promises to facilitate seamless energy exchange within the sub-region, fostering economic development and bolstering regional stability.

“This project represents a significant step towards establishing a sustainable and interconnected electricity supply system in the ECOWAS region,” remarked officials from the West African Power Pool.

The endeavor seeks to enhance trade agreements and technical cooperation among participating nations, thereby improving energy accessibility for populations residing along the transmission route.

The progress on construction has been steady, with officials optimistic about meeting the target operational deadline by the end of 2024.

The completion of this interconnection project promises to unlock a new era of regional cooperation and prosperity, powering growth and development across West Africa’s energy landscape.

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