The government of the Republic of Chad has officially requested the Nigerian government to connect the country to the Nigerian electricity grid.
This request was submitted by the Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi, during a working visit to the Minister of energy, Engr. Sale Mamman in Abuja.
Describing this need as urgent, the Ambassador stressed the historical and economic value of connecting Chad to the Nigerian electricity industry as a means of further cooperation between the countries.
Responding to a query, Engr. Mamman welcomed this development, stressing that it will help strengthen the long-standing relations between the two countries.
The Minister said that the request from the Republic of Chad came at the right time, as he assured the Chadian envoy that Nigeria would evaluate it under various projects under the data recovery and extension program (TREP) for possible integration of this request.
“Therefore, I instruct the Transmitting Company of Nigeria (TCN), whose representatives are participating in this meeting, to develop a business case and conditions for its implementation. Based on this, we will write to the Presidium to get all the necessary permissions” ” Ingres said.
The Minister also approved the request to host his counterpart from the Republic of Chad to conduct a technical analysis of the request. He also informed the delegation of Chad that Nigeria currently has bilateral contracts for the supply of electricity to the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Benin, which have been going on for several decades.
Engr. Mamman also noted that within the framework of the West African Energy Pool (WAPP), the goals of which include promoting energy exchange between ECOWAS member States, the republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria are building an 875-kilometer transmission line with a capacity of 330 kilovolts, the “Northern main transmission line”.
This line will connect four countries to improve energy supply from Nigeria. He said: “this project has received simultaneous approval from the World Bank (WB), the African development Bank (AFDB) and the French development Agency (AFR) to Finance various segments of the proposed transmission line. “As of September 2019, all funding has become effective and the project implementation structure was previously established with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) located in Abuja.”