Nigeria to Fully Commission the 700MW Zungeru Hydro Project This Year

  • The 700MW Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project in Nigeria will be commissioned in four phases in 2022.
  • Sino Hydro’s deputy project manager, Li Xiao Ming, has confirmed that the first turbine which will generate 175MW, will be commissioned in the first quarter while the remaining three 175MW turbines will be commisioned in the second, third and fourth quarters respectively. 

The Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project has been constructed by a Consortium of CNEEC and SINOHYDRO.  Once fully complete, the facility will be equipped with four hydro turbine and generator units rated 175MW each.

The project will provide power generation, flood protection and water for irrigation. The project includes a roller-concrete compacted dam (90 meters in height and 1,090 meters in length), an intake tower and diversion tunnel, underground powerhouse, power transmission line and access road.

The project will be the second-largest hydroelectric power project in the country after the 760MW Kainji Power Project.The USD 1.3 billion project is one of the biggest power projects in Africa to secure a loan facility from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China

Author: Nomvuyo Tena

Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce. 

This article was originally published on ESI Africa and is republished with permission with minor editorial changes.

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