The project concerns the construction of a 210km 225kV simple circuit power transmission line from Bolgatanga (Ghana) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) for exporting energy generated in Ghana at a lower cost (hydropower and gas fired thermal generation) to Burkina Faso, a landlocked Sahelian country. About 37 km of the line will be in Ghana and 171 km in Burkina Faso.
The total cost of this interconnection project is estimated at EUR 81.1m and will be financed by the World Bank, Agence française de développement (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Société Nationale d’électricité du Burkina (SONABEL) and GRIDCo.
In addition to this programme, reinforcements are necessary in Ghana to ensure optimal transfer of energy to Burkina through the 225kV line, for a total of USD 325 M, and the major one is a new 330 kV line between Kumasi and Bolgatanga, the kick-off point of the interconnection.
The project experienced long delays due to the negotiation of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ghana’s and Burkina Faso’s authorities and the long procurement process. The end of works and provisional acceptance of the work is expected in the near future.
The TA aims to strengthen capacity of the two utilities/promoters: GRIDCO’s to supervise the works of the new 330 kV and to implement its financial model; SONABEL to implement its financial model and tariff study. A first disbursement from the EU-AITF was made inJanuary 2015. The totality of the EUR 4.8m has been transfered to AFD. All the expenses cover the bills of the consultant BP who drives the engineering of the project. The implementation of the works on the line are progressing according to plan.