GE Vernova's Hydro Power business completes key commissioning for Nigeria's second largest hydropower plant11 October 2023
Zungeru hydropower plant in Nigeria. Image courtesy of CNEEC
GE Vernova's Hydro Power business has successfully completed the commissioning of four 175MW Francis hydropower turbines and generators at Nigeria's Zungeru project in Niger State. This development marks a significant milestone for the Zungeru project, located along the Kaduna River, and establishes it as Nigeria's second-largest hydropower plant with a total capacity of 700MW.
The Zungeru project holds the promise of contributing to approximately 10% of Nigeria's domestic electricity requirements, providing a substantial boost to the country's energy needs with a focus on sustainability and reliability. Beyond electricity generation, the project will play a vital role in flood control and support for regional irrigation efforts.
The Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) company China National Electrical Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) selected GE Vernova to design, supply, supervise installation, and commission the four hydropower units. Furthermore, the Zungeru project has received essential investment support from the Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China.
Brian Selby, Hydro Power Asia Leader at GE Vernova, noted the project's significance, stating, "Nigeria is gifted with large rivers and natural falls that create opportunities for hydropower development. As the Government of Nigeria continues to pursue the expansion of generation capacity and extend the capability of its power grid, we are happy to help take advantage of the country’s water reserves to meet its increasing demand for sustainable, reliable, and efficient power. This project will have a wide-reaching impact on the country’s energy landscape."
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) estimates Nigeria's hydropower potential at over 14 GW, emphasizing the vital role of hydropower in Nigeria's energy transition.