France to provide $245 million for Nigerian transmission projects
The French Development Agency (AFD) has approved $245 million to support transmission projects in Northern Nigeria, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The funding will support TCNs Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP), which is 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 and has received considerable international support, including the French Development Agency, World Bank, African Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation.
According to Ndidi Mbah, TCNs General Manager, Public Affairs, 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 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.
“It is also expected to construct the Kainji-Birnin-Sokoto 330kV DC line and the Katsina-Daura-Gwiwa-Jogana-Kura 330kV DC line.
“The project will reconstruct one of the Shiroro-Kaduna 330kV single circuit transmission lines into 330kV quad line which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria.
“The project will build 330/132 / 33kV substations in Sokoto, Daura and Jogana-Kano and 132 / 33kV substations at Birnin Gwari, Argungu and Lambata in Niger State.
“It will also rehabilitate Jebba and Kainji switchyards to ensure adequate capacity to evacuate Mainstream’s energy expansion plans,’’ said Mbah.