The Federal Government yesterday said it was in talks with some unnamed investors for some hydropower projects.
The government said the projects, which are located in Gurara II, Kaduna, Lokoja and Makurdi, can generate 2,100 megawatts of electricity.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu said the ministry has made progress with the concessioning of Gurara and Kashimbila hydropower plants.
The minister said: “The National Water Resources Materplan and our Roadman identified that Nigeria has a hydro power potential of 12,200Mw. Only about 1, 930Mw of this potential has been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams.
“We are currently making progress for the concessioning of 30Mw Gurara hydropower plant which is planned to come into full operations soon.
“We are also progressing on our collaboration with Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to concession the 40Mw Kashimbila hydropower plant, recently completed. However, Both concessions are being delayed due to non-completion of the transmission lines that will evacuate the power by Transmission Company of Nigeria and FMPWH.
“In addition, we are in advanced discussions with potential investors for other hydropower projects including Gurara II (350Mw), Lokoja (750Mw) and Makurdi (1000Mw), among others.”
He also said seven dams, irrigation and water supply projects had been completed and were ready for inauguration.
The minister said there are plans to complete another set of seven water supply projects and 13 dams/irrigation projects between 2018 and 2020.
He outlined the seven completed projects ready for the inauguration to include Kashimbila Dam in Taraba State; Ogwashi-Uku Dam, Delta State; Shagari Irrigation Project, Sokoto State; Galdam Dam, Kaduna State; and Ekeremor Water Supply Project, Edo State.
Others are Mangu Water Supply Project, Plateau State; and Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi Water Supply Project, Benue State.
According to Adamu, only two new projects were initiated by his ministry since the inception of the current administration in 2015.
He said: “We are committed to completing all ongoing viable projects in the ministry to derive optimum benefits for government’s investments. It is instructive to note that since the inception of this administration, my ministry has initiated only two new major projects.
“This underscores our emphasis on completion of the numerous ongoing and abandoned projects we inherited.”
As earlier announced in 2017, the minister again said the World Bank was supporting the implementation of the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria Project with a credit facility of $495million.
Source: The Nation