By Etuka Sunday
The Minister of Power, Engr Sale Mamman has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work at the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project in Niger State.
The project now at about sixty eight percent completion level is scheduled for completion in December 2021, however the first unit is expected to start power generation to the National grid in December 2020..
During an inspection visit to the project site in Zungeru, Niger State, the Minister assured that with the appreciable level of the work, the ministry will avail the contractors its maximum support in delivering the project with its time frame.
The Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the Minister of Power, Aaron Artimas in a statement said, Engr. Sale Mamman urged the contractors to stick to the contract specification to ensure quality of work.
The statement said, conducting the Minister round the 1.29billion USD project, the project consultant, Engr Tunde Adewunmi assured that the project would completed on schedule, adding that the contractors have no issue whatsoever that may hinder its early completion.
He said, according to the statement, that the Zungeru power project which has the capacity to add about 700 mega watt of electricity to the national grid is being constructed by the leading hydroelectric power contractors in China and the power plant is potentially one of the best in the country.
He said the project is built to last about 100 years.
The Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project which is being financed by the China Exim Bank and the Nigeria government is expected to compensate and relocate over one hundred villages around the dam area.
The Zungeru Reservoir is located immediately at the downstream of the Shiroro Reservoir will become the second largest reservoir in Nigeria after Kanji Dam.