The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the Board of French Development Agency (AFD) has approved 245 million dollars for the implementation of transmission projects in the northern corridor. Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said that the fund was approved on Dec. 20.
TCN has continued to implement its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP) aimed at rehabilitating, stabilizing, and providing necessary redundancy consistent with international transmission standard of N-1. The TREP was also designed to expand the national grid to at least 20,000MW. The implementation of TREP has attracted significant support from multilateral and bilateral donors never witnessed in the history of the nation’s power sector. Key international donors supporting TREP include the French Development Agency, World Bank, African Development Bank, and Japan International Cooperation.
According to Mbah, the European Union (EU) earlier approved a grant of 25 million Euros for part construction of the northern corridor transmission project under the AFD support programme. She said the approval of the northern corridor project by the board of AFD and the EU was a significant step toward establishing a modern grid in Nigeria.
The TCN general manager said that the northern project, expected to form the backbone for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) North Core Projects, would connect Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Burkina Faso on 330kV Double Circuit (DC) transmission lines. The TCN spokesperson said with the support of the Federal Ministry of Finance, AFD was also assisting with 55 million dollars for the construction of Sokoto-Kaura Namoda-Katsina 330kV DC line.
One of Nigeria’s biggest infrastrucctural problems is very poor supply, generating less than 7000MW for a population of 200m.