(Ecofin Agency) - Ghana and Burkina Faso inaugurated the 225 KV power line linking them. The 188 km infrastructure links Bolgatanga in Ghana to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and has a 100 MW energy transport capacity, roughly one-third of the energy demand in Burkina Faso. It was built by the French company Eiffage for an amount estimated at CFA55 billion (about $96.2 million).
“The government grants a subsidy of CFA21 billion (ed. Note: $36.7 million) for our energy consumption. This is becoming unbearable not only for the budget but also for the final consumers who pay a very high price per kilowatt-hour. The interconnection with Ghana will not only allow us to increase our capacity in terms of productivity but also significantly reduce the price per kilowatt-hour”, said Bachir Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso's energy minister at the opening ceremony.
Let’s note that 25 rural areas already have access to energy thanks to the new line. Ghana will also be able to supply 100MW to its neighbor with it.
Gwladys Johnson Akinocho