THE United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, has budgeted the sum of $2.6 billion for the development of Small Hydro Power, SHP, plants in Nigeria. David Tommy, UNIDO country rRepresentative in Nigeria, disclosed this on Tuesday, September 29 in Abuja, at the launch of its Global Environment Facility, GEF-5 project which is centred on ‘scaling up small hydro power in Nigeria’.
He explained that the project was in line with its mandate to promote, and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries. Tommy also noted that the primary aim of the intervention is to increase Nigeria’s power generation capacity.
According to him, “UNIDO has made some giant strides in the promotion of renewable energy development in Nigeria. We have identified close to 300 potential Small Hydro Power, SHP, sites in the country. We have studied the Detailed Project Report for more than 20 of these sites, thus making them ready for investment.
“We have demonstrated the workability of SHP in Nigeria by implementing some sites including the 400 kilowatts (kw) at the Mambila plateau in Taraba State and the 150kw at Waya in Bauchi state among others.”
— Oct 12, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT