KEPCO signs power line consulting contract with
African electricity body
Jul 24, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data
South Korea's power corporation said
Monday it has won two consulting contracts for the
building of electricity lines in western Africa.
The US$2.46 million deal between Korea Electric
Power Corp. (KEPCO) and the West African Power Pool
calls for feasibility, basic construction and environmental
impact studies on the proposed power line linking
Benin, Ghana and Mali.
The 225-kilovolt power line
will span roughly 800 kilometers.
The power pool,
an organization under the Economic Community Of
West African States, is aimed at expanding regional
cooperation to facilitate the buildup of electricity
infrastructure. Its membership consists of 14 West
KEPCO said it took part in the
international bidding process in May, beating rivals
from Germany and France. The project is being financed
with money from the Luxembourg-based European Investment
It said this is the second power consulting
deal won by the power company since the 2005 electricity
master plan deal for Cambodia.
The contracts place
the company in a good position to compete for similar
deals for a 300-kilovolt line being supported by
the World Bank for the Ghana power line as well
as a 225-kilovolt Ghana-Burkina Faso electrical
KEPCO senior vice president Moon
Ho and Joseph Makoju, chairman of the African power
cooperative, signed the contract.