Power-Plant-16President of the Nigerian Committee on Large Dams (NICOLD) Engr. Imo Ekpo, has said coal can generate additional 4000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid when harnessed.

Speaking at the 40th anniversary workshop and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NICOLD in Abuja, yesterday, Ekpo harped on the need to expedite the coal-to-power initiative of the federal government.

Ekpo who is also a Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power and a member, Committee on Coal-to-Power initiative said: “Aside thermal and hydro stations, we are looking at a situation where coal could be harnessed. We can generate 4000mw from coal identified vastly in five states including Enugu, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa and Gombe.”

He however decried the little effort in harnessing the resource noting that, “not much has been done in that area. So, time has come when we need to move the coal from where it is now, not just investigation, but implementing electricity generation out of it.”
A civil engineering professor, who also spoke at the workshop, Prof. Oyedeji Jimoh, said there is need to ensure climate resilience to improve dams’ reservoir structure.


[Daily Trust]