On Friday, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Minister of Power, Works and Housing inspected the 30 Megawatts Gurara Hydropower Plant in Kaduna, disclosing that the additional power would boost efforts to stabilize power supply in the country.
Fielding questions from newsmen at the end of the inspection, Fashola, assured that the project would be completed early next year. adding approval had already been given for the building of the Gurara/Kudenda Substation in Kaduna.
The Minister, who also said the Gurara hydropower project was also a source of transporting energy, added that the place was supposed to evacuate power from that location through to Kaduna and Mando substations to Kudenda substation to connect to the Kaduna Power Plant.
“All the lines are already built as you can see. It remains just the substation where energy comes down in and can be redistributed that we are waiting to complete and with the approval we have now, we should finish early next year at the latest”.
“When I briefed on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council, I spoke of the approval granted by Council for the Gurara/Kudenda Substation in Kaduna; that is what is delaying this project. The place is supposed to evacuate power from here through to Kaduna and Mando Substation to Kudenda substation to connect this to the Kaduna Power Plant”, he said.
Expressing delight that the objective of Incremental Power was being achieved, Fashola noted that with Wind Power being developed in Katsina, Gurara Hydro- power in Kaduna, the Kashimbilla Hydropower in Taraba, added to Jebba, Kainji, and Shiroro Hydropower plants, the nation’s energy mix was slowly but surely coming together.
The Minister, who said the Gurara Hydropower project was being pursued for the same purpose, told the newsmen, “The reason is that you have seen three turbines inside, each contains 10MW of power and that is 30MW. Add that to 40MW yesterday, add it to 215MW in Kaduna and so on and so forth and it brings you back to where we started this journey; Incremental Power everywhere we can get it”.
“What you must understand is that earlier in this administration, we had agitations for power from other sources beyond gas. Why is Nigeria not using hydro power, that was one of the questions I was being asked. Why are we not using solar power, why are we not using Wind power?”
“But you have seen that your country is developing Wind power in Katsina, is developing hydro power here in Kaduna, the Gurara Power Plant where we are now, the Kashimbilla where we went yesterday. We have been to Jebba, we have been to Kainji, we have been to Shiroro together; so slowly the energy mix is coming together”, the Minister said.
He explained that wherever a hydroelectricity plant was producing electricity from water, there was collaboration between the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing adding that the Ministry of Water Resources takes the responsibility for Water allocation, Water Rights Issuance and essentially the Dam.
Pointing out that the Power part was to use the force of the dammed water to create energy, Fashola explained further, “In Kashimbilla where we were yesterday, the work is almost done except to impound the dam which they will do in the next few weeks when the rain slows down. The water works is already done here; that was why we were at the Lower Usman Dam Water Works to add solar power to it”.