General Electric Completes Four Hydro Turbines, Generator Projects in Nigeria

October 13, 2023
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By Adedapo Adesanya

General Electric Vernova has completed the commissioning of the four 175 MW Francis hydropower turbines and generators at the Zungeru project in Nigeria, now in commercial operation, to boost electricity generation in Nigeria.

According to the firm, it was selected by the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) arm of China National Electrical Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) to design, supply, supervise installation and commission the four hydropower units.

Located on the Kadina River in Niger State, the 700 MW Zungeru project is the second largest hydropower plant in Nigeria. With the beginning of operations, it is expected to meet around 10 per cent of Nigeria’s total domestic electricity requirements, with renewable and reliable energy.

The site will also help in controlling floods and support irrigation for the region.

The total exploitable potential of hydropower in Nigeria is estimated at over 14 GW and hydropower remains essential to help accelerate the energy transition in Nigeria, which has one of the worst electricity value chains in the world.

GE Vernova has been collaborating with energy stakeholders to deploy innovative technologies tailored to respond to the needs of the Sub-Saharan Africa region since the 1950s.

Speaking on the potential, Mr Brian Selby, Hydropower Asia Leader, GE Vernova, said the country has the resources to tap into opportunities available for hydro-electricity.

“Nigeria is gifted with large rivers and natural falls that create opportunities for hydropower development. As the Government of Nigeria continues to pursue the expansion of generation capacity and extend the capability of its power grid.

“We are happy to help take advantage of the country’s water reserves to meet its increasing demand for sustainable, reliable, and efficient power.”

“This project will have a wide-reaching impact on the country’s energy landscape. The Zungeru project received investment support from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China and we are pleased to see it come to life,” he added.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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