Nigeria Sells Electricity to West Africa Countries


The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Wednesday disclosed its talks with four West African countries expecting to buy unused electricity from it.

Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, the acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Chairman, Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), stated this during the WAPP meeting on the Northcore project in Abuja.

About 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity is said to be unutilised daily across the Generation Companies (GenCos) in Nigeria and could be exported, Daily Trust Report.

Abdulaziz said:

“The power we will be selling is the power that is not needed in Nigeria. These generators that are going to supply power to this transmission line are going to generate that power specifically for this project. So it is unutilised power”.

In addition, there are some communities that are under the line route, about 611 of them which will be getting power so that there won’t be just a transmission line passing without impact.”

Nigeria has the greatest advantage among these countries because the electricity is going to be exported from Nigerian GenCos. So from that, the revenue is going to be enhanced and a lot of people will be employed in Nigeria.”

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Nigeria battles with poor power supply which affects its productivity and the general economy, so many Nigerians often ask the government to boost its transmission capacity so that unused electricity can be utilised by the country instead of selling such to other nations.

Nigeria reportedly has the potential to generate 12,522 MW of electric power from existing plants but only able to dispatch around 4,000 MW, which is insufficient for a country of about million people.

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