The West African Power Pool (WAPP) is a specialised institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) operating in the general interest of the West African regional power system with a view to ensuring reliable power supply throughout the region. The WAPP Master Plan provides the overall strategy and framework for preparing and implementing all WAPP priority projects tailored to the conditions in the West African energy market and updates the previous 2003 Master Plan. The updated Master Plan will allow the various agents in the electricity sector to have a global, clear, and coherent view of the future development of the electricity generation and transmission infrastructure in West Africa and will inform the decision-making of stakeholders during project implementation.
The project was completed in 2011. A number of WAPP priority projects identified in the Master Plan are currently being implemented, including the Gouina Hydropower Plant, the CLSG Interconnector and Riviera-Prestea Interconnector Project. Feasibility studies have been initiated for a number of other identified priority projects, namely the Fomi, Kassa B and Souapiti hydropower plants.
The EU-AITF technical assistance grant was used to procure the services of the international consulting firm Tractebel Engineering, which produced a comprehensive and detailed study according to the terms of reference and including: