West Africa Power Pool A project restructuring is underway to reallocate loan proceeds to finance outstanding cash compensation to project-affected-persons (PAPs) along the Aboadze-Volta 330 kV transmission line under the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP)?s Coastal Transmission Backbone.

A report from the World Bank office in Accra, which made this known, said this will include the revision of the results framework to introduce new intermediate indicators that would capture benefits of the completed Ghana section of the coastal backbone project.

It said an amount of US$40 million was committed to the project out of which US$36.6 million has so far been disbursed, adding that the objective of the WAPP Adaptable Programme Loan (APL 1) project is to increase access of WAPP ?Zone A? coastal states (Benin, Cote d?Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo) to more stable and reliable electricity to alleviate power supply deficits and/or to reduce their collective vulnerability to drought-induced power supply disruptions.

Approved on June 30, 2005 and effective since November 1, 2005, the project?s original closing date (December 31, 2009) has been revised to June 30, this year.

The project is expected to increase cross-border electricity trade between WAPP ?Zone A? Coastal States, reduce power transfer losses in the principal transmission networks of the WAPP ?Zone A? coastal states, and provide more cost efficient coverage of peak power demand through economy power exchanges between WAPP ?Zone A? coastal states.
The project components include infrastructure development which costs US$34.60 million, upgrade of system control centers – US$16.20 million; upgrade of strategic power generation stations US$6.40 million and WAPP institutional capacity building US$7.40 million.

Progress towards the achievement of project development objective (PDO) has been described as moderately unsatisfactory by the World Bank while it rated overall implementation progress as satisfactory.
The Aboadze-Volta 330 kV transmission line and substations were completed in late 2009 and have been energized.

?Although this line alone cannot meet the initial objective of the project to increase cross-border power transfer capability, the energization of the T-line has reduced the need for reactive power in the Ghana power system and has improved voltage levels and supply to Greater Accra, the report noted.

?The SCADA/EMS upgrading component has been completed and equipment installation in the new GRIDCo Control Center was finished in February 2013. The expected outcome of this component is to improve monitoring and control of power exchanges in the WAPP system.?

Again, it noted that the upgrade of the switchyards of Akosombo generation station and Volta substation has virtually been completed, adding that delays have been experienced due to the inability of the contractor to work at a sustained pace since the necessary outages were difficult to arrange at a time of national load shedding.

With the estimated completion date being June 2013, a small undisbursed balance of about US$1million is expected at the time of credit closing ? 30 June 2013. The project completion report will be prepared once the remaining segments of the 330kV coastal backbone to Nigeria have been completed under Phase 2 of this Adaptable Programme Lending.

?The WAPP APL 1 project would be considered successful if it provides ample capacity for unconstrained cross-border electricity trade between the five ECOWAS member states for up to at least 2020,? the World Bank said.

By Samuel Boadi


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