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ECOWAS Countries Seeks $26bn for Regional Electricity

Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning to raise about $26.416 billion for the completion of various critical electricity generation and transmission projects under its West African Power Pool (WAPP) framework. The projects include the proposed 7,092 megawatts (MW) hydropower, 2,375MW thermal and 800MW renewable power generation mixes and a 16,000km length transmission line that would interconnect all the West African countries to the regional power pool by 2018. This proposal was contained in the revised ECOWAS electricity generation and transmission master plan, which was presented to member countries of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authorities (ERERA) at its fourth regional meeting in Banjul, capital of the Gambia. The plan seeks to amongst other options sort the participation of private sector investors in the region’s ambitious plan to vertically connect its member countries in its shared power pool. An update on the progress of the electricity interconnection plan which was provided by the Director, Information and Control Center (ICC) of the WAPP, Babatunde Adeyemo, at Banjul indicated that while the regional body had made inroads in some of its priority transmission projects, it equally plans to add about 7,170MW to its existing power pool and interconnect at least 14 of its member countries by 2017. Some of power generation projects listed by Adeyemo as WAPP’s expected sources of additional generation capacity include: Felou (Mali) 60MW, Maria Gleta (Benin) 450MW-WAPP programme, Domunli (Ghana) 450MW-WAPP programme, Souapiti Hydro 515MW, Kassa ‘B’ hydro 118MW, Charbon (Senegal) 875MW and Sambangalou (Senegal/ Guinea) 433MW.
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