OMVG Interconnection Project
The development objective of the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Gambie (the Gambia River Basin Development Organization) (OMVG) Interconnection Project for Africa is to enable electricity trade between the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal. The project comprises of two components.
The first component, extension of West African power pool (WAPP) transmission network – OMVG interconnection is comprised of the following two sub-components:
- transmission lines to finance the construction of 1,677 kilo meter (km) of 225 kilo volt (kV) transmission network capable of handling 800 megawatt (MW); and
- substations to finance the construction of fifteen 225-30 kV substations and dispatching centers on the interconnection (located in the corresponding substation).
The second component, technical assistance to OMVG is comprised of the following two sub-components:
- implementation support will finance costs of the project management unit (PMU), project supervision costs including the owners engineer, costs associated with implementing the environmental and social management plan (ESMP) and resettlement action plans (RAPs), internal audits, technical assistance (TA) related to the fiber optic cables, as well as further study of how to strengthen or mainstream collaboration between OMVG and Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Senegal (Senegal River Basin Development Organization) (OMVS); and
- operations and maintenance (O and M) support to OMVG transmission company will finance part of the O and M fees during the first five years of operation (expected FY2018-2022), on a sliding scale.