There may be respite in Nigeria’s electricity sector as the Zungeru hydropower project is set to generate 2.64 billion GWh of electricity annually.
A Chinese consortium comprising China National Electric Engineering Company (CNEEC) and Sinohydro, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
The consortium said that the project will make a significant contributions to Nigeria’s power generation capacity.
The Zungeru hydropower electricity project is one of several hydro projects that are part of Nigeria’s Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP) proposed in 2006.
REMP seeks to increase the supply of renewable electricity – including wind, solar, biomass and small hydro – from 13 per cent of total electricity generation in 2015 to 23 per cent in 2025 and 36 per cent by 2030, according to the Nigerian government.
The government said additional hydro power plant (HPP) projects in various stages of development include 3,050-MW HPP, 360-MW Gurara II HPP, 38-MW Dadinkowa HPP, 40-MW Itisi HPP and 3,100-MW Mambilla HPP.
BRANDPOWER reports that Nigeria’s population is way more than 160 million people and published reports indicate the country’s 10 national integrated power projects only generate 4,000 MW of electricity.