In a bid to improve constant electricity across the country, It has been reported that the Federal Government has signed the Engineering Procurement and Construction contract for the Gurara II Dam project to raise the country’s power generation by about 360MW.
According to reports, Nigeria’s power generation hovers around 4,500MW and 5,000MW for a population of about 200 million people. Operators and experts have repeatedly called for an increase in power generation and distribution.
It was also reported that documents sighted at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja on Friday showed that the signing of the EPC contract for the 360MW project was one of the major achievements of the FMWR in recent times.
The report also disclosed that the ministry has put the Gurara I 30MW hydropower plant on concession, which was also in a bid to increase the country’s power generation capacity and enhance water supply and irrigation.
According to the document, the water ministry said: “Signing EPC contract of Gurara II Dam project with 360MW hydropower; Initiation of Itsi Multipurpose Dam (water supply, irrigation and hydropower) project in Kaduna State; Initiation of Hawal Inter-basin Water Transfer Project.”
The Ministry also stated in the document that the hydropower potential of Nigeria’s dams was 12,220MW, adding that only 1,930MW had been developed through the Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro hydropower plants.