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Zungeru Hydropower Plant: Nigeria’s Landmark Achievement in Power Generation

Boom RadioNG | May 4, 2024

The Zungeru Hydropower Plant, the second largest hydro plant in Nigeria, and the biggest single power project in Nigeria in at least 3 decades, has reached a significant milestone, becoming ready to consistently and commercially contribute to the national grid. This achievement follows a series of testings and the conclusion of concessioning, marking a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s energy landscape.

The Zungeru hydropower project site is located on the Kaduna River near Zungeru in the Niger State, approximately 150km away from Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The project features four 175 MW hydroelectric turbines, making it the largest power plant financing project in sub-Saharan Africa. The facility includes a roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dam, with a reservoir capable of holding 10 billion cubic meters of water, highlighting its engineering marvel and potential for significant power generation, flood protection, and water for irrigation.

The construction and installation of all four turbines were completed in April/May 2023, marking a crucial phase in the project’s development. Following this, the concessioning of the plant was concluded, and it was handed over to Mainstream Energy Solutions LTD, which will oversee its operations for the next 30 years.

Zungeru Hydropower Plant

A notable achievement in the project’s timeline was the successful completion of a Combined Test Protocol on May 25-26, 2023, which demonstrated the plant’s capability by delivering a peak output of 718MW of power to the national grid, surpassing the 700MW rated capacity of the turbines.

The Zungeru Hydropower Plant is a significant addition to Nigeria’s power generation infrastructure, with the potential to address energy needs, provide flood control, support irrigation, and contribute to the overall development of the region.

Stay informed about the Zungeru Hydropower Plant’s progress and its impact on Nigeria’s energy sector. Join the conversation, share your thoughts, and stay updated on the latest advancements in power generation.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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