Ghana to supply 100 megawatts of power to Burkina Faso

Enginners working  on the WAAP project

Enginners working on the WAAP project

Ghana will supply Burkina Faso 100 megawatts of electricity daily after the completion of a 225 kilovolt (kv) Bolgatanga-Ouaguadougou interconnection project.

Though the project has not been fully completed, Ghana currently exports between 50 and 65 megawatts of power to Burkina-Faso through its existing 161 KV network.

When fully completed, the project will position Ghana to supply 100 megawatts of power or more to Burkina-Faso.

The Principal Electrical Engineer at the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) Abdul Samed Ibrahim, disclosed this on Tuesday, when the World Bank Country Director, Henry Kerali and his team, visited the Aboadze Thermal Plant, as part of a three-day visit to the Western Region, to inspect some projects financed by the Bank.

The 225kV Bolgatanga-Ouagadougou Project, which is part of the West African Power Pool Project (WAPP), to create a power grid system across West Africa, is being funded with a capital outlay of $111million by the World Bank, French Development Agency, European Investment Bank, Burkina Faso’s National Electricity Company (SONABEL) and GRIDCo.

So far, about $25 million has been disbursed on the WAPP project which started in 2011 at Aboadze and expected to end in December 2018.

Additionally, the World Bank has also built a 330 kilovolt (KV) sub-station at the Aboadze Thermal Plant, in the Western Region to help carry bulk electricity power at a much higher voltage from the enclave to the main load centres in Accra.

The initiative by the World Bank has helped in the reduction of loses in electricity supply, since the previous 161 kV lines from Aboadze were old and carried power in smaller capacity from the enclave to Takoradi through Cape Coast, Winneba and then to Accra.

 

Mr Ibrahim revealed that Ghana was able to meet the purchase demand by Burkina Faso because currently electricity supply in the country far exceeded the demand.

“Currently we have more generation capacity than we actually need in the country so we can continue to supply Burkina-Faso so long as we have enough capacity in the country,” he added.

He disclosed that because there was expertise in Ghana, more power generating companies preferred to site their plants in the country because they would get people to manage and operate them.

“We have lots of generating capacities coming to Ghana so what we need is the interconnecting lines which we are currently building to be able to supply power to  Burkina-Faso for a long time,” Mr Ibrahim stressed.

The World Bank Country Director, Mr Henry Kerali, described Ghana’s ability to export electricity to Burkina-Faso as a great achievement.

 

The Inter-Zonal Transmission Hub project under the WAPP APL3, he added, would reduce the cost and also improve security of electricity supply to Burkina Faso whilst increasing Ghana’s electricity export capacity.

 

Mr Kerali explained that the project formed part of Ghana’s mandate of   becoming central to power distribution and a unified regional electricity market.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, ABOADZE

 

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