Nigeria to provide Togo and Benin with extra power

Apr 20, 1998 02:00 AM

Nigeria is to provide Benin and Togo with 70 MW of electricity a day, half the needs of the two countries, under a project that should be operational within 12 months.
The agreement was reached, when President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin and President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo flew to Nigeria for talks.
The three countries agreed to reactivate an old project to link the power systems between their countries.
The project will cost $ 40 million and Nigeria has promised to contribute $ 22 mm. The money will be disbursed quickly so that work can begin within two months.
Togo and Benin have been hit by an unprecedented electricity crisis caused by drought, which has lowered water levels at hydro-electric power dams in neighbouring Ghana, the main supplier of their energy.
The two countries currently receive only 5 MW, or 5 % of their normal supply, from Ghana. All three countries have had to introduce crippling power rationing.
Supplementary imports of 15 MW from Ivory Coast since the beginning of this month have proved inadequate, and Nigeria was only able to offer 2 MW in the short term.

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