• June 19, 2021

$1.3b Zungeru Power Plant Nears Completion

=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === December 2021 has been set as the date for the inauguration of the $1.3 billion Zungeru hydroelectric power located in Kaduna State, which has reached 88 per cent completion, according to the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, who disclosed this via an infographics updating the country on the extent of work.

Mamman also stated that 700 MW would be injected into the national grid by the time the project, which is designed to generate about 2,630GWH annually, becomes operational, adding that the project comprises a composite dam with roller compacted concrete, asphaltic core rockfill dam, diversion work, spillway and plunge pool, power intake and penstocks as well as tall race channels.

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Speaking further, the minister said that the Zungeru works has 330/132 transmission lines evacuating power to the existing grid connecting Jebba and Shiroro power plants as well as the Tegina substation and further consists of four Francis turbine units, stressing that while the overall progress of work has now been put at 88 per cent, dam civil works have reached 98 per cent and electrical as well as hydro-chemical works have hit 75 per cent.

On the funding of the project, Mamman revealed that the project was being funded by a counterpart financing mechanism, with the federal government having paid up its entire share of $309,250,000, while over $1 billion had been paid till date, of the entire $1.293 billion contract being executed by Mssrs CNECC Sinohybrid Consortium, adding that a loan of $984.3 million was taken from the Exim Bank of China to rev up the country’s power infrastructure.

Agenda Watchdog

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