Fashola says Hydro now Provides 26 Percent of Nigeria’s Power

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has put the total percentage contribution of the three hydro power generation companies (Gencos) in Nigeria – Kainji, Jebba, and Shiroro, to the country’s daily power generation at 26%, up from 15% that he said was the situation in 2015, THISDAY reports.

Speaking at the Africa Today summit on renewable energy where he talked about the energy options for Nigeria in a low cost and low carbon world, Fashola said the multiple number of attacks on gas lines supplying gas to the country’s gas power generation plants in 2016, was an eye opener to the government on the need to build alternative power sources like solar and hydro. He added that the contributions of hydro power to Nigeria’s energy mix has reduced that of gas power generation to 74% from 85% he said was the case in 2015.

Similarly, a recent computation of the production levels of GenCos including gas GenCos, showed that from October 1 to 11, the three hydro plants collectively generated 11,103.56MW of the 39,256MW that was generated in the country within the period. This represented about 28% of the generation output, leaving the balance of 28,152.44MW to be generated by 22 gas GenCos. From the records, Jebba hydro power plant produced the most power within the period – 3,958.2MW, followed by Shiroro which produced 3,592.91MW, and Kainji which had 3552.45MW to show.

Source: Energy Mix Report

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