Nigeria announces $5.8 billion deal for record-breaking power project

The federal government of Nigeria has approved the contract for the construction of the 3,050-MW Mambilla (or Mambila) hydropower plant, at a total cost of $5.792 billion.

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing says development of this project is in line with the federal government’s “roadmap to incremental, steady and uninterrupted power in the country.” The project is expected to complete in 2024.

Babatunde Fashola SAN, the minister of power, works and housing said the project would, on completion, stabilize the national grid between the South and North of the country.

Mambilla, on the Donga River in the eastern Taraba State, was been on at the cusp of development since the early 1980s.

“It will have considerable positive impact on electricity nationwide, productivity, employment, tourism, technology transfer, rural development, irrigation and food production in the area and beyond,” he said.

In addition to the Mambilla project, Fashola called on the country last year expedite the development of other Hydropower plants namely, 700-MW Zungeru, 250-MW Gurara and 35-MW Dadin Kowa.