AFD approves $245 million for Nigeria’s Northern Corridor Transmission Project

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has approved $245 million for the implementation of Nigeria’s Northern Corridor Transmission Project, which is being developed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria. The European Union and AFD are jointly funding the project. The former had earlier approved a grant worth Euro 25 million for the construction of a part of the project under the latter’s support programme. The Northern Corridor Transmission Project entails the construction of a 330 kV Kainji-Birnin-Sokoto double-circuit line, reconstruction of the 330 kV Shiroro-Kaduna single-circuit line into a 330 kV quad line, construction of 330/132/33 kV substations in Sokoto, Daura and Jogana-Kano, and 132/33 kV substations in Birnin Gwari, Argungu and Lambata. It will also undertake rehabilitation of the Jebba and Kainji switchyards, ensuring adequate capacity to accommodate future projects. The project is expected to form the backbone of the 330 kV North Core project, aimed at connecting the power grids of Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.