China to help Nigeria generate 19,000MW electricity from hydro

China to help Nigeria generate 19,000MW electricity from hydro
40MW Floating PV Power Plant (PRNewsfoto/SUNGROW Power Supply Co., Ltd)

The Federal Government said that the People’s Republic of China is willing to support its renewable energy master plan whereby electricity generation from hydro sources could reach 19,000 megawatts if fully harnessed.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu said this at the 2018 Seminar on “Construction and Management of Water Conservancy and Hydro-power Projects’’ organized by the Chinese Government in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr Onu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bitrus Nabasu, said that the seminar would further contribute to the development of the country’s power sector.

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Mr Zhao Linxiang, the Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, said that the seminar was the first of its kind to be organized by his government in the country.

According to Zhao; “Nigeria has a huge potential in hydropower, the only problem is how to make use of the potential.

“This seminar will focus on power generation, especially hydro-power generation. Nigeria has many hydro-power stations and China is willing to share the technologies we use to contribute to the hydropower sector.”