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Nigeria partners with China on Hydropower Project

 

 

The project will among others, create a synthesis of Reverse Engineering of latest Chinese Small hydropower technologies adaptable to Nigeria.

 

Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China are partnering on hydropower project through the 2018 training courses on construction and management of water conservation.

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonna Onu says the gap in energy generation and water conservation have been identified for low industrial activities, unemployment, urban and rural migration in Nigeria.

The Minister disclosed this while declaring open the 2018 training in Abuja.

Dr. Onu says the training is aimed at “enlightening core engineering staff of relevant Ministries and Agencies in construction and management of water conservancy and Hydropower projects in Nigeria.  The training is an initiative of the Government of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the Federal Ministries of Budget and National Planning and Science and Technology.

He further said that the training would deepen their understanding of small hydropower and also enhance their capacities while building a lasting cooperation and friendship between the governments and the peoples of China and Nigeria.

“The Ministry in 2016 signed MoU with the International Centre for Small Hydropower (ICSHP) China in implementing its wasting assets of small hydropower plants survey in Nigeria project. The project will among others, create a synthesis of Reverse Engineering of latest Chinese Small hydropower technologies adaptable to Nigeria.

“This will be applied in bringing back to life some moribund small hydropower plants spread all over the country. Small Hydropower Plant inclusion will also be introduced into some of the nation’s dam sites for electricity generation,”the Minister explained.

Boosting electricity
According to him, the collaboration is expected to boost the nation’s electricity generation, boost industrialisation, create jobs and wealth, enable Nigerians conserve and strengthen foreign trade with its multiplier benefits to our national economy.

Dr. Onu called on all Nigerians to join hands to enable this administration succeed in the new direction aimed at uplifting Nigeria through Science, Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Ogbonna Onu was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Bitrus Nabasu.

Huge potential
The Economic and Commercial Consular of Chinses Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Linxang said that Nigeria has “huge potential in hydropower”, but how to make use of the potential was the issue.

Mr. Linxang further said that, the 2018 Seminar on Construction and Management of Water Conservancy and Hydropower for Nigeria, would focus on the power generation, especially hydropower generation across the country.

“The training course is the first time the Chinese government is holding overseas hydropower training course in Nigeria,” he said.

Mr. Linxang added that the Organiser, National Research Institute for Rural Electrification of Ministry of Water Resources had rich experience in training.

The aim
The managing Director of International Centre on Small Power, Mr. Fu Zilong said that the aims of the seminar was to improve capacity on hydropower development and promotion of local development resources as well as refurbishment of old power stations.

According to Mr Zilong, Chinese advanced technology and equipment will be promoted to going global for cooperation between Chinese enterprise and Nigerian government department as well as enterprises.

He added that, “The experience and lessons of China in this filed can be valuable for development in Nigeria and the development of small hydro power as well sustainable energy should be the key focus of power industry for Nigeria.”

 

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