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Update of the WAPP Masterplan

Western Africa
Grant Amount
EUR 935,000 + EUR 515,000
PFG Lead Financier

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:

  1. Extensive data collection of generation capacity and transmission networks as well as assessing the demand and supply balance;
  2. an economic study for the purpose of creating a preliminary generation and transmission development plan based on least cost economic criteria;
  3. network performance stability studies to check the development plan would lead to stable and reliable operating conditions;
  4. environmental analysis to identify key implementation issues and associated costs;
  5. financial analysis to determine the capacity of regional utilities to support the development of planned investments and
  6. setting up an economically optimum development programme, comprising a priority list of generation and transmission projects as well as outlining an implementation strategy.