FG set to build two new hydro power stations

The Federal Government has concluded plans to boost electricity generation in the country with two small hydro power plants capable of adding 2,000 kilowatts of electricity to the country’s energy capacity, The Punch reports.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at a press conference to announce the outcome of Nigeria’s participation at the 7th General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, which held recently. Onu said Nigeria would not be left behind in the global quest for renewable energy, which saw the world investing $300bn in the sector in 2016, adding that the country had taken various steps to increase its energy mix.

According to him, the steps include the plan to establish two small hydro power plants in Katsina and Zamfara states, with the capacity for 2,000KW. While 1,000KW will be off grid, he said the balance would be injected into the national grid to boost power supply across the country. Onu said renewable energy had become very important all over the world and in Nigeria in particular, because of the need for sustainable energy and the need to preserve an environment that was safe for human habitation.

 

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