West Africa Power Pool APL 1—PID
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The 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) occupy some five million square kilometers and are currently home to about 250 million people, which is projected to reach 380 million by 2020. Half of the present population lives in poverty, with per capita income barely above US$300 per year. Despite the region’s large energy endowment, the region’s per capita consumption of electricity is among the lowest in the world. In 2003, the combined total consumption of electricity was about 40,000 GWh (approx. 160 kWh per capita) and peak power demand was 6,500MW. Electricity demand is projected to grow by over 7% per year until 2020, when electricity requirement would reach 140,000 GWh (approx. 370 kWh per capita) and the peak power demand would exceed 22,000MW. Faced with this power system expansion challenge, ECOWAS member states have acknowledged that past efforts to achieve national self-sufficiency in electricity supply have been uneconomical due to the high cost of establishing power generation and transmission infrastructure.
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- PID-WAPP-JUNE-2005 (88 kB)