Latest Update on Zungeru Hydropower Project in Nigeria
The 700 megawatt (940,000 hp) Zungeru hydropower project, located across the Kaduna River near the town of Zungeru in Niger State, northwestern Nigeria, is set to be commissioned. in service this year.
This was revealed by Li Xiao Ming, deputy project manager at Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering and construction company in charge of the Zungeru hydropower project.
According to Ming, the Zungeru dam project would be commissioned in several phases, the first of which with a total generation capacity of 175 MW will be commissioned in the first quarter of the year. The second, third and fourth phases are expected to be commissioned in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2022 respectively.
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Expectations for Zungeru Dam
The Zungeru hydropower project will be the second largest hydropower project in the West African country behind the 760 megawatt (1,020,000 hp) Kainji hydropower project. It will also be one of the largest power projects on the continent to obtain preferential loan facilities from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China.
According to Ming, the project will generate 2.64 billion kWh of electricity annually to meet 10 percent of Nigeria’s domestic electricity needs. Deputy Project Manager of Sino Hydro, besides power, the Zungeru hydropower project, especially the dam, will provide flood control, irrigation as well as water supply and fish farming facilities for host communities and beyond, and direct and indirect employment opportunities for over 2,000 people.
Summarizing Ming’s point, Deputy Director of Human Resources Aliyu Muhammad Temaku said the project will provide huge respite to the country’s struggling energy sector and economy.
What we reported earlier on the Zungeru Hydropower Station in Nigeria:
March 2021: The Zungeru hydropower plant in Nigeria will be concessioned by the end of the year
Nigeria plans to concession the 700MW Zungeru hydropower plant which is being built on the Kaduna River in northern Niger state and is expected to become operational by the end of 2021.
It has therefore, through the National Privatization Council (NCP) and the Office of Public Enterprises (BPE), invited to express the interest of qualified technical advisers to provide transaction advisory services for the award of Concession.
Interested parties must submit their bids by March 31, 2021
Selected Advisor Responsibilities
Among other responsibilities, the selected advisor will be required to carry out due diligence of the operating company and the activities necessary to prepare it for the subsequent concession transaction; review all relevant laws, regulations and policies that may impact the success of the company’s franchise.
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Develop strategies likely to attract the interest of international investors and detailed concession plans for the company according to the strategic concession criteria determined by the NCP; lead the marketing and bidding processes necessary to maximize private sector participation and develop post-concession exit strategy options for the company.
Zungeru Hydropower Project Overview
Executed by a consortium made up of the China National Electric Engineering Company (CNEEC) and Sinohydro, the project is now more than 87% complete. Its main components include a 101 m high and 1090 m wide roller compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam, a clay core rockfill dam, an underground power plant equipped with four 175 MW units, a tailrace and two starting stations on both banks. from the river.
The project, which when completed will be the second largest hydroelectric dam in the West African country after the 760 MW Kainji hydroelectric dam, is designed to generate 2630 GWh/year, or about 10% of the needs of country supply.
In addition to power generation, the facility will also provide flood control, irrigation and water supply.
August 2017: Zungeru hydropower plant in Nigeria, 47% complete
CNEEC-Sinohydro Consortium, has confirmed that the Zungeru hydropower project in Nigeria is now 47% complete. The CNEEC is in charge of the development of the 700 MW power plant project.
Xiao Nie, the Deputy Project Manager explained this development during a site visit to the $1.2 billion project in Zungeru, Niger State.
This plant is made up of four units of 175MW each. It is expected to be completed by 2020 after the plant was launched in 2013.
Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Station
The first phase of the project will be announced by December 2019. On the other hand, the remaining units will be launched every three months.
“The project consists of a storage reservoir with a maximum operating water level of 230 meters. It also has a total storage capacity of 11.4×109 m3,” Nie said.
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“The annual power generation capacity of this power project is approximately 2,640 GWh. We also expect it to generate and supply electricity to the national cadre,” he added.
“Zungeru’s hydroelectric power will be useful in flood control. In addition, he will oversee the development of fisheries and agriculture. In addition, there will be an extension of the opening period as well as the length of the fairway,” he said.
Hydroelectric Generation Developments
Recent development around hydropower plants in Nigeria is increasing. Just recently, Energy Minister Babatunde Raji Fashola said that the 3,050 MW Mambilla hydropower plant in Taraba state is still on-going.
In a recent statement, the minister said he had received a “no objection” certificate from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
“It is a sign that the ministry is ready to move forward,” he added.
The Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station has been on the cards for over two decades now. There is going to be a connection from the plant to three dams on the Donga River in Taraba State.
May 2016: Construction work on the Zungeru power station in Nigeria resumes
Construction work has resumed on the Zungeru Hydro Electricity power station in Nigeria. This comes after a judicial settlement of the dispute between the parties involved. the
The 700 MW power project has been suspended in court for several years, resulting in a 3-year delay in the delivery schedule. Meanwhile, more than 800 workers have returned to work at the project site. Once completed, the power plant project will bring additional electricity to the national grid.
Currently, the government is working hard to consider alternative and sustainable fuel supply for the 215 MW Kaduna power station, which is designed to use gas, but unfortunately the power station is located several hundred kilometers from gas sources. The government, however, plans to never locate power plants far from their fuel source.
According to Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Energy, Public Works and Housing, his ministry works around the clock with other ministries such as the Ministry of Environment, Solid Minerals, Water Resources and all parties stakeholders to provide an energy mix that will boost energy productivity and how to implement solar energy in the North, hydroelectricity in the North and Center-North, coal in the Center-North and South-East and gas in the South-West and South-South.
The program to build a fuel source near the power station not only makes electricity generation cheaper, but also makes it easier to plan and execute a transmission plan and ensure that electricity is discharged and distributed in the right way.
Nigeria is on the verge of transformation in terms of power generation and the roadmap for power increase includes other power stations such as the 10 MW Katsina Wind Power Station, the 40 MW Kasimbilla and the 222 MW Gbarain power station in Bayelsa State.
However, power stations like the 240 MW AES Power Station in Lagos, Omotosho and Olorunsogo Power Stations and Geregu I and II Power Stations in Kogi State only need gas to operate and supply their full power. The supply of gas to power plants can significantly increase the country’s electricity capacity, which is currently 160 MW to more than 600 MW of power. Niger State also plans to complete about 2,100 legacy rural electricity projects that should have been completed by law since 2006.