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AFD, EU extend financial aid to Burkina Faso for North Core Project [free access]

March 12, 2019

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union (EU) have signed financing agreements aggregating USD51 million (CFA30 billion) for establishing Burkina Faso’s transmission components in the North Dorsal Project or the North Core Project. Of the total amount, USD34 million (CFA19.7 billion) will be in the form of a loan and USD17 million (CFA9.84 billion) in the form of a grant.


The project is a 330 kV transmission line from Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), passing through Zabori (Niger) and Niamey (Niger) with a T-off to Malanville (Benin). The project comprises 875 km of lines and 330 kV associated substations, namely, the Birnin Kebbi (Nigeria), Niamey (Niger), Zabori (Niger), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Malanville (Benin). It also entails the installation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and fibre-optic systems. The project will help in the regional integration of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) countries.


In Burkina Faso, the project involves the construction of 381 km of 330 kV and 24 km of 225 kV lines. The 330 kV line will run from the Nigerian border to Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou-East substation. A 9-km-long, 225 kV double-circuit line will link the Ouaga East substation to the Ouaga South-East substation and a 15-km-long, 225 kV single-circuit line will link the Ouaga South-East substation to the 225 kV Bolgatanga (Ghana)–Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) Interconnection. It also involves construction of the Ouaga-East and South-East substations for the reinforcement of the transmission infrastructure around Ouagadougou, and rural electrification, which will benefit 500 to 2,500 inhabitants.


The total cost of the North Core Project is approximately USD678 million, of which around USD298 million has been provided by Burkina Faso. The other contributors are the World Bank (USD173 million), African Development Bank (AfDB) – USD67 million, AFD – USD34 million, EU – USD17 million, and the Burkina Faso State via a World Bank loan –USD3.62 million.

Post the construction of these facilities the country will import 150 MW, in addition to the local production by 2022, at a much lower cost.