The hope of a better electricity supply in Nigeria in 2022 received a boost following the announcement that Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project is about commissioned. This announcement was made by the Contractor of the project who also revealed that the plant will be delegated across the year’s four quarters.
According to correspondents, the about-to-be-commissioned hydro electric power plant will done in stages. Firstly, during Q1 the turbine with a capacity of 175MW will be commissioned. During Q2, Q3, and Q4 three turbines with the power to individually generate 175MW each will be delegated respectively.
This 700MW Zungeru hydropower project is is supported by China; which have continued to boost many of Nigeria’s endeavors through loan, grants, and donations.
The project set to be launched this year is located in Kaduna River, Niger State, Nigeria. This makes Niger State the first region in the country with two of the largest power projects in Africa and the top-two biggest in the country.
According to information gathered, the project is projected to cost around $1.3bn – making it the second largest power station in the country.
Due to the large prospects of this ongoing project, Export-Import Bank of China shortly known as Exim Bank have supported its financing through loan fatalities.
Meanwhile, the electricity project is calculated to generate 2.64 billion Kilowatts of power on a yearly basis. With an estimated population of over 250 million people, the power scheme is projected to fulfill 10% of local power demands.
The project is also dubbed to help in irrigation control and boost fish conservation. More so, being located 150km away from the Federal Capital Territory, the project is expected to deliver power to Abuja, Niger State and other vulnerable regions in the country.
Furthermore, the electricity project is the largest n the entire Sub-Saharan Africa – no power station in this part of the continent has the capacity to accommodate four 175 MW hydroelectric turbines.
However, Kanji Dam is another notorious power plant in the country. It generates an amazing 760MW of power and is the primary source of power to many regions in Nigeria.
This power station is located in Niger State which is trying to live to its expectation of the slogan: “The power State”.
Nonetheless, the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project is one of the energy projects engineered by the federal government to give Nigerians access to 100% electricity in the next possible decade or two.