700MW Zungeru Hydroelectric power plant in Nigeria nears full commissioning

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  • The newly built 700MW Zungeru Hydroelectric power plant in Nigeria is nearing full commissioning after successfully completing its reliability test.
  • The plant will now enter commercial operations under the management of Penstock Limited.
  • Earlier this year, The Federal Government transferred operations of the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant to Penstock Limited, a subsidiary of Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, under a 30 year concession.

The project has been built with Chinese assistance on the upper and middle reaches of Kaduna River in the Niger State of Nigeria at a estimated cost of around US$1.3 billion. Zungeru is the biggest hydropower project under construction in Nigeria. It is also one of the biggest power projects in Africa to avail preferential loan facility from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China.

The plant is expected to generate 2.64 billion kWh of electricity a year, which will meet close to 10% of Nigeria’s total domestic energy needs. It will provide flood control, irrigation, as well as water supply and fish breeding facilities.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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