The 700MW Zungeru hydropower plant project which began in 2013, and was awarded to a Chinese firm, Sinoyhydro Corporation, is scheduled for completion in December 2021, with the first unit expected to start power generation to the national grid in December 2020.
The Minister made this known while on an inspection visit to the project site on Sunday, saying he was satisfied with the pace and quality of work.
He said, “With the appreciable level of the work, the Ministry will avail the contractors its maximum support in delivering the project within the time frame.”
Mamman urged the contractors to stick to the contract specification to ensure quality work, while disclosing that compensation and relocation of over 100 villages around the dam area is currently ongoing. He said the power project is financed by the Chinese Export & Import Bank (EXIM) with counterpart funding by the Federal Government.
Conducting the Minister round the project, the Project Consultant, Tunde Adewunmi, gave an assurance that the project would be completed on schedule, saying the contractors had no issues that might hinder its timely completion.
Speaking further, he said “the project, which has the capacity of adding about 700 megawatts 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”, adding that the project is built to last for about 100 years, and that the Zungeru Reservoir is located immediately after the Shiroro Reservoir