Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station is to seek the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE’s) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC’s) approval for the construction of a 300 Megawatts (Mw) photo voltaic solar power plant.
The new plant will be built within the premises of the existing Shiroro plant which the Federal Government concessioned to North South Power Company (NSP) Limited on November 1, 2013.
The firm’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Roland Lwiindi, noted that should the Federal Government give the company the go ahead to establish the plant, its first phase would come on line in 2017.
He told the Post Privatisation Monitoring Team of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) that was on a monitoring exercise at the power station in Shiroro, Niger State.
He said: “We are going to write to BPE for permission to build a solar plant that will last for 20 years. It is either we continue to run it or the Federal Government buys it from us. It will be the largest project in Africa and we will link the operation with hydro so that if anything happens to the hydro the solar picks up. The land is the technical issue that will mitigate us since we have the transmission infrastructure and the human resource is also there.”