Status of Priority Projects/2013

 STATUS OF WAPP PRIORITY PROJECTS

The WAPP investment program is derived from the ECOWAS Master Plan for the Generation and Transmission of Electrical Energy developed in 1999 and revised in 2005. The Master Plan was updated and adopted in 2012 by the 40th Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government through Supplementary Act A/SA/12/02/12 with an investment requirement of U$ 26.416 billion. The progress made by WAPP in the implementation of its investment program, during the Year 2013, is as follows.

1.1.            Projects under preparation

-  225 kV Ghana – Burkina Faso – Mali Interconnection Project: Pre-investment studies that were funded by the European Investment Bank have been concluded. With support from the Indian government, Mali has commenced the implementation of the project with the construction of the Sikasso – Bamako segment. With regard to the remaining part of the interconnection, the WAPP Secretariat has recruited consultants to develop an appropriate commercial framework, prepare the relevant tender documents and update the environmental and social impact and line route study. These complementary studies are funded by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund through the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the expected commissioning of the project is 2018.

-  330 kV Côte d’Ivoire – Ghana Interconnection Reinforcement Project: Funding of €1.75 million for the pre-investment studies was secured by WAPP from the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund through the European Investment Bank (EIB). A provisional line route for the interconnection of approximate length of 296 km and spanning from Akoupé-Zeudji (Côte d’Ivoire) to Dunkwa 2 (Ghana) has already been adopted by both countries and a related environmental and social impact study is being finalised. The preliminary cost estimate for implementing the project has been estimated at € 131 million and so far, the KfW, EIB, Africa Development Bank and Banque Ouest Africaine de Développment (BOAD) have already indicated their firm interest to participate in the financing. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2016.

-  225 kV Guinea – Mali Interconnection Project: The WAPP Secretariat has launched the pre-investment studies of the project with a funding from AfDB. The line route and and environmental impact studies are underway. Similarly, work on the feasibility study and preparation of tender documents was kicked-off in March 2013.  The project is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

-  450 MW Domunli (Ghana) and Maria Gléta (Benin) Regional Power Generation Facilities: 46 hectares of land at Maria Gleta with free zone status has been granted by the Government of Benin. With regard to the Domunli project, a 40-hectare site has been identified and efforts are underway to secure title to the land from the Government of Ghana. Furthermore, the project implementation schedule has been developed and adopted in February 2013 with the private partner, Sithe Global, with which WAPP signed a Joint Development Agreement, in April 2012, for the development of the regional power plants. The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG, Ghana), Energie du Mali–SA (EDM-SA, Mali) and Société Nationale d’Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL, Burkina) have already confirmed their participation, as Off-takers, in the Domunli project. Studies are also underway to ensure reliable gas supply to both regional power plants upon their commissioning by 2017-2018.

- 225 MW Tiboto (Côte d’Ivoire – Liberia) Hydropower Project: A funding request of €517,100 for the realization of the project pre-feasibility studies was submitted to the AfDB NEPAD-IPPF in August 2013.

-  515 MW Souapiti (Guinea) Hydropower Facility: The WAPP Secretariat mobilized funding from the World Bank (WB) to among others, update the project feasibility study and optimise the Konkouré water resources. The recruitment of Consultants for the preparation of the studies is underway and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2018.

- 330 kV Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria) – Malanville (Benin) – Niamey (Niger) – Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) Interconnection Project : Discussions with the AfDB NEPAD-IPPF are well advanced in order to secure funding for studies to elaborate an appropriate commercial framework as well as update the feasibility, environmental and social impact assessment for the project. The recruitment of Consultants for these complementary studies is being finalised and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2018.

- 330 kV TCN (Nigeria) – CEB (Benin – Togo) Interconnection Reinforcement Project: A Request for Funding of €2.5 million was submitted to the AfDB NEPAD-IPPF for funding of the pre-investment studies.

-  147 MW Adjarala (Togo/Benin) Hydropower Facility: The project, which is estimated to cost US$377 million, is at the negotiation phase.  The AfDB, BOAD, KfW, World Bank (WB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), Saudi Fund and UEMOA have indicated firm interest to participate in the project’s financing.  All pre-investment studies for the project have been concluded and complementary studies to update the Economic and Financial Analyses on the project, including the Environmental and Social Management Plan as well as the Resettlement Action Plan are ongoing.  The project is expected to be commissioned by 2018.

-  225 kV OMVG Energy Project including the realization of the 240 MW Kaleta Hydropower Plant, the development of the 128 MW Sambangalou hydropower dam and the 225 kV The Gambia – Guinea – Guinea Bissau – Senegal Interconnection Project: With support from China, Guinea commenced work on the project with the construction of the 240 MW Kaleta Hydropower Plant. The energy sharing arrangement for electricity generated from the Kaleta plant was defined by mutual agreement among the OMVG Member States. Meanwhile, the China Gezhouba Group Co. LTD has been selected to carry out the construction of 128 MW Sambangalou Hydropower Dam. The OMVG Secretariat has also initiated discussions with donors to redirect their funding intentions to the project interconnection component whose updated cost is estimated at €494.11 million.

-  Medium Voltage Cross-Border Electrification Projects: Under Phase II of the 2nd ACP-EU Energy Facility, the WAPP Secretariat has commenced the preparation of four new medium voltage cross-border electrification projects involving Ghana – Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso – Niger, Senegal – The Gambia and Côte-d’Ivoire – Guinea. Also the WAPP Secretariat has initiated discussions with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to secure its participation in the financing of these projects to the tune of €30 million within, the framework of the Bank’s “Energy For The Poor” program.

-  Emergency programs for the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Mali: In addition to emergency programs funded by the ECOWAS Commission, which have already been developed for Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry, the WAPP Secretariat has developed, in consultation with the ECOWAS Commission, Emergency Power Supply Programs for The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Mali. These programs were submitted to the 10th Meeting of Ministers in charge of Energy for consideration and adoption. At the end of the meeting, the Ministers approved the said programs, whilst granting funding of US$55.34 million to Mali, US$21.8 million to Sierra Leone and US$31.9 million to the Gambia.

1.2.            Projects under Implementation

-  330 kV Volta (Ghana) – Lome ‘C’ (Togo) – Sakété (Benin) Interconnection Project: The project is being financed by the AfDB, KfW, WB and BOAD to the tune of US$105 million. Construction works on the Ghana line segment are near completion and works on the Togo/Benin segment are ongoing. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2015.

-  225 kV Bolgatanga (Ghana) – Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) Interconnection Project: The project is being financed by the WB, AfDB and EIB to the tune of US$105 million. The Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) and the Power Sales and Purchase Agreement (PSPA) have been signed between the national power utilities of the two countries. The Owner’s Engineer has been selected for supervision of works and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2015.

-  330 kV Aboadze (Ghana) – Prestea (Ghana) – Kumasi (Ghana) – Bolgatanga (Ghana) Transmission Line Project: The technical specifications for the transmission line and substations have been completed and financing of €141 million has been secured from AFD for the construction of the Kumasi – Bolgatanga segment by the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo). The Owner’s Engineer has been recruited for supervision of works and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

-  161 kV Tumu (Ghana) – Han (Ghana) – Wa (Ghana) Transmission Line Project: Construction works on the Sawla, Wa and Tumu transmisssion line and sub-stations are being completed and commissioning is expected in 2014.

-  60 MW Felou Hydropower Facility (Organisation pour le mise en valeur du Fleuve Sénégal – OMVS): Construction works have been completed and commissioning completed. The available energy is evacuated through the OMVS network. The project was funded by the World Bank and the EIB in the amount of US$236 million.

-  225 kV Côte d’Ivoire – Liberia – Sierra Leone – Guinea Interconnection Project: The project financing, estimated at €329 million, has been totally secured from the AfDB, WB, EIB and KfW and corresponding Loan Agreements have already been executed with the WB, EIB and KfW.  In addition, the four countries have signed and ratified an International Treaty for the implementation of the project. The project’s main governance Bodies, notably the Steering Committee, composed of the Ministers in charge of Energy of the four countries and the Implementation Committee comprising Representatives from the Ministries in charge of Finance and Energy from the concerned countries have been established. In conformity with the International Treaty, a regional transmission company called” TRANSCO CLSG” was created for the construction and operation of the line. The Shareholders’ Agreement and Articles of Association for the Company were signed in August 2013 by the national power utilities of the four countries. Similarly, an International Project Agreement was concluded and signed in November 2013 between the Steering Committee acting on behalf of the CLSG countries and “TRANSCO CLSG”. The Project Implementation Unit has already been established and the Interconnection Line is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

-   Cross- Border Electrification Projects:

  • Côte d’Ivoire – Liberia (1st Energy Facility): This project was funded by the European Union (EU), Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and Société des Énergies de Côte d’Ivoire              (CI-Energies), to the tune of €9.6 million for the electrification of 18 rural communities in Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire. Works on the Côte d’Ivoire segment has been completed. In Liberia, works in the Nimba County have been completed and commissioned. Ongoing works in Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties will be completed by 2014.
  • Ghana – Togo South (2nd Energy Facility): This project was funded by the EU, ECG, Communauté Électrique du Bénin (CEB) and Compagnie Energie Electrique de Togo (CEET) to the tune of €2.3 million for the electrification of 15 rural communities in southern Togo from Ghana. The ongoing Works are expected to be commissioned by December 2014.
  • Benin – Togo North (2nd Energy Facility): This project was funded by the EU, CEB and CEET to the tune of €2.1 million for the electrification of 10 rural communities in northern Togo from Benin. Works have commenced and are expected to be commissioned by December 2014.

 

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