FG Targets Additional 5,000MW From 10 New Plants By 2013
Fri, 24/08/2012 | JULIET ALOHAN and ISAAC AIMURIE

President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that an additional 5,000MW will be added to the national grid by 2013 from 10 new power plants which are currently under construction nationwide.

The President stated this in Abuja yesterday while? launching the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which was organised by the ministry of power in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

Jonathan also announced that all was set to begin the construction of the 3,050MW Mambilla Hydro Power project in Taraba State and the 700MW Zungeru hydro plant in Niger State, intended to add additional capacity to power generation.

Represented by President Namadi Sambo, Jonathan noted that several small and medium hydropower projects were also in progress along-side solar power projects, aimed at boosting power supply.

In addition to these efforts, the President said an MOU has also been signed with Seimens for the production of 450MW, a programme that will pilot in seven states, as phase 1.

Similarly, he said, a 30MW coal to power project was being worked out under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement as well as a pilot wind power scheme in Katsina State for the generation of 10MW.

He further called on UNIDO and its development partners to continue to support Nigeria in the development of technical and financial framework to mobilise energy resources to enable it achieve sustainable energy for all.

In his presentation, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Dr Kandeh Yumkella, urged the federal government to develop and implement a blueprint on cheap and sustainable energy that will transform the country into an industrial power house in the coming decades.

He said Nigeria would need 20,000MW over 20 years to be a power house and added that while private investors and international banks would be ready to lend Nigeria money for electricity, there were however, fears of policy changes because of change in government.?? He said Nigeria?s population is projected to hit 300 million in 25 years with 90 per cent of them under 25 years who would need to be employed.

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