WEST AFRICA COMBINES ENERGY RESOURCES
Presidents Kufour (L), Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria (C) and Yayi Boni of Benin cut the tape during the unveiling of a power cable connecting the Electrical Community of Benin (CEB) with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Sakete,100 km (62 miles) southeast of
BENIN, Togo and Nigeria inaugurated a power cable linking the three countries' national grids aimed at improving insufficient electricity infrastructure in West Africa.
The 70-kilometre power cable will join the Electrical Community of Benin (CEB), which groups Benin and neighbouring Togo, with regional economic powerhouse Nigeria.
It will have an initial capacity of 80 megawatts, which is due to be extended in the coming months. "This is an example of regional development where states unite to tackle the problems of underdevelopment, especially in the context of globalisation," Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo told the inauguration ceremony, also attended by the leaders of Ghana, Benin and Togo.
Around 80 percent of the electricity consumed in Benin is imported, with the majority of this coming from Ghana's Akosombo hydroelectric dam.