WAPP to Synchronize 3 Island Networks in West Africa into One
BY: Innocent Okoye
The West African Power Pool (WAPP) has commenced work to synchronize the three island networks among 14 West African member states into a single reliable and efficient network.
The Managing Director/CEO of TCN and the Chairman, Board of Director of WAPP, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed disclosed the benefits of a synchronized network when he declared open a 3-day meeting on synchronisation of WAPP Networks recently in Abuja.
Mr. Mohammed noted that the synchronisation project was part of WAPP’s mandate by the Authority of the Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to establish a mechanism and institute frame work for integrating the national power system of members states into one regional electricity market.
The WAPP Chairman was confident that representatives from various companies would work to support its successful execution and completion of the mutually beneficial project that would put the subregion on the path of effective development and poverty eradication.
Mr. Mohammed also used the occasion to appeal to member- states to allow the consultant for the project, General Electric, International access to their power plants to test the governors, tune their power system stabilizers, change their setting where necessary with the ultimate goal of achieving a successful synchronization.
Mr. Mohammed urged participants at the workshop to provide advice, suggestions and actively support and participate in the decisions to the extent possible in executing this project that is so valuable to WAPP.
The Director of Information and Coordination Centre, WAPP, Engr. Nazif Abdulkadir had earlier reported that the project kick-off meeting for WAPP, General Electric International and stakeholders was to officially start the implementation of the project which was related to power system stabilizer, tuning governor, testing, change of settings and perform synchronization test.
Mr. Nazif Abdulkadir explained that previous attempts to synchronize the Nigeria power system with Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’ivoire and Burkina Faso in 2007 and that of Cote d’ivoire, Mali and Senegal in 2012, prompted the World Bank to provide WAPP with the sum 21.5 million dollars for the project. This Provision was under the WAPP Technical Assistance and Network Integration Project to support efforts to synchronize the WAPP interconnected Power System.
According to him, the synchronization project was based on the study conducted by Consortium Lahmeyer (now Tracetabel) in 2014, which recommended the installation of SVE at Maitama Substation, PMU at 22 interconnection and SPS and inter trip relay at 5 substations, while the second recommendation relates to tuning governor, testing of power plants, change of setting which is one of the most important conditions for the project.
The three days meeting had several presentations on the action plans, processes and stages of the project and participants came from power utilities of Nigeria, Togo Benin, Cote d’ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Niger.