The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it is committed to developing the hydro-power resources in the country and has identified an estimated 12,220 megawatts (MW) of hydro-electric power potential. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu (the “Minister”) who disclosed this in Abuja last week, noted that of the identified potential of 12,220 MW only around 1,930 MW had been developed.
The Minister further explained that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (“FMWR”) is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing (“FMWPH”) to concession a number of hydro-electric power projects which are capable of boosting electricity supply in the country. Specifically, he disclosed that the FMWR and FMWPH are working to concession the 30 MW Gurara Hydropower Plant which is expected to come into full operations soon and are also making progress in the effort to concession the 40 MW Kashimbilla Hydropower Plant. The Minister however explained that the two proposed concession efforts are currently being delayed due to the non-completion of the transmission lines that are required to evacuate the power from the two power assets. Finally, the Minister revealed that the FMWR, in collaboration with the FMWPH, are in advanced discussions with potential investors for other hydropower projects including the 350 MW Gurara II Power Project, the 750 MW Lokoja Power Project, and the 1000 MW Power Project among others.
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