Nigeria plans four small hydros in Ekiti State

An adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo says the Nigeria government is pursuing development of four small hydroelectric projects in Ekiti State at Ipole Iloro Falls and at three existing dams.

Anthony Adegbulugbe, special adviser to the president on energy matters, made the remarks February 21 during a two-day tour of proposed hydropower sites in the state.

Adegbulugbe said proposed hydro projects at the falls and at Ero Dam in Ido Osi, Egbe Dam in Gbonyin, and Itapaji Dam in Ikole are expected to total between 10 and 15 MW. If approved, the projects are expected to cost the federal government about US$4 million.

In a statement issued by Ekiti State, the official said consultation has begun with foreign experts and that his visit was to obtain first-hand information on the condition of the dams.

Adegbulugbe said the project would complement an initiative of Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) and ensure uninterrupted power supply in the state.

Last year, PHCN called for expressions of interest to develop a feasibility study and design of grid-connected small hydropower plants for rural electrification. (HNN 9/22/06) The Nigerian government received a US$172 million credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association to finance the program, which includes transmission, distribution, and rural access and renewable energy components.

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