FG set to begin exploitation of Nigeria’s 12,220Mw hydro-power potential

The Federal Government yesterday said it would  spend N505.6 billion to complete 116 ongoing water projects across the country. It also said outstanding liabilities owed contractors handling some of the projects stood at N88.8billion as at last year, The Nation reports.

Hydro Dam

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who spoke in Abuja during the public presentation of the roadmap for the water sector tagged: Immediate and long term strategies for water sector, 2016 – 2030, promised that the focus was to reform the water sector to meet the demands of Nigerians.

Speaking specifically on electricity Adamu said Nigeria has the hydro-power potential of about 12, 220 megawatts (Mw). “Only about 1,930 Mw has been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams. There are 17 existing dams with combined potential hydro-power capacity of over 200 Mw that are yet to be exploited”, he said.

“Dams that are under study and design have combined potential capacity of about 4,320 Mw including Mambilla (3,050 Mw), Gurara II (360 Mw), Dasin Hausa (150 Mw) and Zungeru (760 Mw). Several other sites with a total potential of 6,460 MW are yet to be fully studied and developed,” he added.