Electricity interconnection between Ghana and Burkina Faso, by Eiffage Énergie Systèmes

Electricity interconnection between Ghana and Burkina Faso, by Eiffage Énergie Systèmes

SONABEL (Société nationale d'électricité du Burkina Faso) and its Ghanaian counterpart the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) have mandated Eiffage Énergie Systèmes teams to build the electricity interconnection between two major cities in these West African countries. Operational since June 2018, this interconnection has enable electrification of 25 villages along the line.

This major project, delivered on a turnkey basis by Eiffage Énergie Systèmes, required our teams to install a 225 kV overhead line almost 200 km apart to link Bolgatanga (Ghana) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Our employees also commissioned the HV substation in Zagtouli (225/90/33/33/34.5 kV) and Patte d'Oie (90/33 kV), two municipalities in Ouagadougou located respectively southwest and south of the Burkinabe capital. This project, which ran from October 2016 to January 2018, has significantly improved Burkina Faso's electrification rate, with an additional 21,000 people now having access to electricity along this new line.

The creation of this interconnection has also prevented the electricity distributor Sonabel from building a diesel power plant. It has also made it possible to diversify Burkina Faso's electricity supply, secure the Burkinabe grid, while limiting load shedding, and increase the country's economic performance.

The official inauguration of the Ghana-Burkina Faso interconnection took place on 5 October 2018 in the presence of the Presidents and Ministers of Ghana and Burkina Faso, representatives of our customers GRIDCo (for Ghana) and Sonabel (for Burkina Faso), Junior Bondo and Mustapha Kamar of Eiffage Énergie Systèmes Transport & Distribution, as well as the managers of various companies linked to the electricity sector across several African countries.

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