The Kashimbilla Hydropower Plant in Taraba State is 100 per cent complete and will commence generating about 40 megawatts (MW) of electricity by February, 2019, to the national grid, the Federal Government has said.

The project was conceived to solve ecological problems and improve power supply. Although the dam project designed to have a 500-million cubic metre reservoir was awarded in 2007, actual construction work by SCC Nigeria Limited began in 2010.

Giving update on the project during an inspection tour last weekend, the Project Manager at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Aliyu Abubakar, said while the power plant was ready, the power evacuation project was at 88 per cent, with a commitment to complete it at most in February, 2019.

Engr. Abubakar said, “The power evacuation project is 88 per cent complete. However, the hydropower plant is 100 per cent complete. It was built and handed over to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources on October 17, 2017.” He said the transmission line would take the power to a 120MVA transmission substation in Takum and would move to Wukari, a distance of 75km from the plant.

Source: Daily Trust