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WAPP awards turnkey line contracts to Indian Transrail, Tata Power [free access]

July 19, 2021

The West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) has awarded turnkey 330 kV transmission line contracts to the Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Transrail Lighting Limited and Tata Power Projects under the 330 kV North Core Project, which will connect power grids of Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Togo-Benin.


Transrail bagged a contract for construction of the 62-km-long, 330 kV Birnin Kebbi−Nigeria/Niger border transmission line. The contract will be financially supported by the World Bank and is valued at USD12 million plus NGN1.1 billion. A total of seven bidders [namely a joint venture (JV) comprising of SUMEC Energy Holdings and Xian Electric Engineering Limited; Transrail Lighting Limited; JV comprising of CGGC-UN POWER and North China Power Engineering Company (NCPE); Tata Power; JV comprising of Guizhou Power Transmission & Transformation and KESEC Engineering Limited; Sinohydro Corporation; and a JV comprising of Dextron and Valmont] had submitted proposals for the contract. The duration of the contract is 18 months from the date of award.


Further, Transrail bagged two more 330 kV transmission line contracts. The first contract involves construction of the 330 kV Nigeria/Niger border−Zabori–Malanville transmission line, and is valued at CFA4.6 billon plus USD22.6 million. The second contract involves construction of the 330 kV Zabori–Gorou Banda (in Niger) line and is valued at CFA5.9 billion plus USD31 million.


Tata bagged an EPC contract for a 330 kV line between the Niger/Burkina Faso border and Gorou Banda (in Niger, approximately 99-km-long). The contract is valued at USD17.2 million plus CFA3.4 billion. A total of two bidders (Transrail and Tata Power) submitted proposals for the contract. The duration of the contract is 18 months and will begin from September 2021.


Overall, the North Core Project involves a 330 kV transmission line from Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), passing through Zabori (Niger) and Niamey (Niger) with a T-off to Malanville (Benin). The USD567.5 million project comprises a total of 875 km of lines and five associated 330 kV substations, namely, Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria), Niamey (Niger), Zabori (Niger), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Malanville (Benin). It also entails the installation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and fibre-optic systems. The project will help in the regional integration of WAPP countries.


The North Core Project is expected to be completed by 2023.


(NGN1=USD0.0024; CFA1=USD0.0018)