Nigeria’s Zungeru Hydropower Plant: GE Vernova commissions four 175MW units


GE Vernova’s Hydro Power division has marked a significant milestone by commissioning four 175 MW Francis hydropower turbines and generators at the 700 MW Zungeru project in Nigeria. Situated on the Kadina River in Niger State, this project emerges as Nigeria’s second-largest hydropower facility. Once fully operational, Zungeru is projected to cater to roughly 10% of Nigeria’s overall domestic electricity demand, offering a blend of sustainable and dependable power. In addition, this strategic location will play a pivotal role in flood control and bolstering irrigation initiatives for the encompassing areas.

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GE Vernova’s Role and Impact

The responsibility of designing, supplying, supervising the installation, and commissioning of these hydropower units at Zungeru was bestowed upon GE Vernova by the EPC firm, China National Electrical Equipment Corporation (CNEEC). Brian Selby, Hydro Power Asia Leader at GE Vernova, expressed his sentiments, “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 Zungeru project received investment support from Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) of China and we are pleased to see it come to life.”

GE Vernova completes 700MW Zungeru Hydropower Project in Nigeria

GE Vernova completes 700MW Zungeru Hydropower Project in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of General Electric/CNEEC.

Perspectives on Nigeria’s Hydropower Potential

According to data from the International Hydropower Association (IHA), Nigeria possesses a potential hydropower capacity exceeding 14 GW, positioning hydropower as a cornerstone for the nation’s energy transition. GE Vernova, with its rich legacy dating back to the 1950s, has been at the forefront of shaping the Sub-Saharan Africa region’s energy narrative. By fostering partnerships with key energy stakeholders, the company has introduced cutting-edge technologies that align with the region’s distinct needs. With a presence in Nigeria spanning nearly five decades, GE Vernova continues to be a driving force in the nation’s energy transformation journey.

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