UNIDO to provide $2.6bn for small hydro power plants in Nigeria

*Typical layout of a hydropower plant.

*Typical layout of a hydropower plant.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

30 September 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, announced on Tuesday that it has budgeted the sum of $2.6 billion for the development of Small Hydro Power,‎ SHP, plants in Nigeria.

The UNIDO Country ‎Representative in Nigeria, Dr. David Tommy disclosed this in Abuja at the launch of its Global Environment Facility (GEF)-5 project which is centered on ‘scaling up small hydro power in Nigeria’.

He explained that the project was in line with its mandate to promote, and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries.
Tommy further noted that the primary aim of the intervention is to increase Nigeria’s power generation capacity.

According to him, “‎UNIDO has made some giant strides in the promotion of renewable energy development in Nigeria. We have identified close to 300 potential Small Hydro Power (SHP) sites in the country.

“We have studied the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for over 20 of these sites, thus making them ready for investment.”

He added that, “We have demonstrated the workability of SHP in Nigeria by implementing some sites including the 400 kilowatts (kw) at the Mambila plateau in Taraba State and the 150kw at Waya‎ in Bauchi state among others.”

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