Alhaji Dauda Abdulaziz, CEO of Shiroro Hydro Power Station, revealed the news to a team from Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission and Bureau for Public Enterprises, reports the Daily Trust.
Shiroro Hydro Power Station – 300MW solar plant
Abdulaziz emphasised that the ICT system will generate an additional 300MW in addition to promoting job creation.
“This new solar form of energy generation we are introducing will generate additional 300MW. With this progress, Nigerians will henceforth enjoy more power supply.
“It is a project that has prospect of employment for skilled young Nigerians,” he said.
[quote]According to the media, Abdulaziz said that consultation on the procurement process for the solar energy project was underway with relevant organisations as well as the host community to reach agreement for commencement of work.
Repairs hamper generation capacity
He also noted that as per Nigeria’s mandate on power generation, each hydro power station is allowed to only generate 3000MW per annum; however, Shiroro Hydro Power Station has been generating 2,360MW due to the repairs and the upgrade of facilities.
“The annual energy generation currently is 2,260MW. Installed capacity is 600MW, 4 units each that generate 150MW.
“There are four units meant to generate power, but right now we only use two to generate 300MW because the other two units are under maintenance and are not generating energy for now,” he explained.
Commenting on the development ICRC director general, Alhaji Aminu Diko, said: “I am happy with what we are seeing. The new system of bringing in ICT and capital to invest for Nigerians to enjoy maximum power supply is a way forward.
“What is now mitigating the generation of sufficient energy generation is the certain repairs and operation that needs to be carried which includes bringing in extensive experts from the USA.
Diko continued: “The plan to have additional 300MW of power generation using solar can only be achieved through government partnership with the private sector.
“This 30 years concession is for the power station to invest money, give the desired power generation and recover their investment within the period of 25 to 30 years.
“It is after these years of investment that they will refer back to government to ascertain if there has been an improvement with sufficient manpower to run the company or not.