The government and the French Development Agency, AFD have signed a deal worth €25 million for the Northern corridor electricity transmission project in Nigeria. This project will increase transmission capacity in the nation’s northwest and boost the supply of electricity in the country.
The agreement was signed in Abuja by Clem Agba, minister of state for budget and national planning. He noted that the project was in line with the National Development Plan 2021–2025.
According to Agba, the agreement’s signing demonstrated that Nigeria was moving forward with the development plan.
The Northern corridor project to assist TCN in implementing its transmission expansion plan
The minister of state for budget and national planning said, “I want to express my gratitude to the French government, the EU, and AFD for their involvement in Nigeria’s electricity industry. Particularly with regard to the transmission lines and substations for the Northern corridor project.
Power is incredibly important, as seen by the agreement we are signing today. This project will assist TCN in implementing its Transmission Expansion Plan through the construction of transmission lines in nine northern states.”
According to Xavier Muron, the country director for AFD, the project was a technical enabler for the grid integration of anticipated solar farms in northwest Nigeria. Muron noted that inadequate transmission networks have been a major obstacle to the development of mixed diversity in many nations.
More on the agreement for the Northern corridor electricity transmission project in Nigeria
The chief of cooperation for the EU, Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, expressed gratitude to Team Europe for working with the Nigerian government. She added, “EU also values its co-funder the AFD; we have been collaborating in the electricity industry since 2017.
We welcome this relationship as part of the Green Economy Team Europe Initiative, notably in the agriculture and energy sectors. Furthermore, the partnership is a practical illustration of how the EU Global Gateway can support significant investments in infrastructure growth. Similarly, we are currently focusing on the project’s implementation, which is very essential to us.”
More than 800km of 330kV double circuit transmission lines, as well as 13 sub-stations, are anticipated to be built or upgraded as part of the Northern corridor Project agreement.