French Development Agency okays $245m for transmission projects in northern Nigeria

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says the Board of French Development Agency (AFD) has approved 245 million dollars for the implementation of transmission projects in 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.

The TCN has continued to implement its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) aimed at rehabilitating, stabilising, 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.

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.

Source: The Guardian

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