A partnership between two ministries of the Federal Government and the private sector would add 3,595 megawatts of electricity to the country’s power grid, it was learnt on Sunday.
Documents obtained from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources showed that the ministry was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Power and private sector operators through the Public Private Partnership arrangement to generate 3,595MW of electricity from dams.
The latest report on Dams and Reservoir Operations of the FMPR indicated that the Federal Government had entered into partnership with private sector players to develop nine dams that would produce the stipulated quantum of electricity.
Nigeria’s power generation currently hovers between 3,500MW to 4,500MW. Figures obtained by our correspondent from the FMP on Sunday showed that off-peak and peak power generation on the grid the preceding day were 3,317.3MW and 4,600.5MW respectively, while at 6am on Sunday it was 3,883MW.
“The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Power for the development under Public Private Arrangement, of (nine) hydropower plants,” the FMWR stated in its report.
It outlined the dams/the quantum of electricity being developed from each of them to include the Makurdi hydropower dam, 1,500MW; Lokoja, 750MW; Katsina-Ala, 460MW; Gurara II, 360MW; and Tede, 220MW.
Others included: Mangu, 182MW; Itisi Dam, 40MW; Kiri, 36MW; and Farin Ruwa, 20MW.