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African WAPP plans to complete North Core Project by 2023 [free access]

November 5, 2021

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is expecting that its 330 kV North Core Project, which will connect the power grids of Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Togo-Benin, will be completed by 2023.


The USD586 million WAPP project is in the implementation phase, with the procurement process underway.


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 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 is part of efforts of the WAPP to integrate the power systems of West African countries by delivering priority projects, that would ensure that all 14 countries in the mainland of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are interconnected.