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Nigeria explores coal to curb power crisis

08 July 2013, 13:00

Lagos - Nigeria has earmarked coal as a complementary power source to avert a energy crisis in the country.

In an effort to address the problem of poor power supply, government has inaugurated a committee to explore such plans.

The country is hoping to generate over 4 000 megawatts of electricity from the mineral.

Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, recently inaugurated an committee to steer these initiatives.

Addressing members of the committee, the minister said, “The Federal Ministry of Power and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel are working together to ensure that not only is coal mined from our coal deposit, but that coal is also converted to power."

The minister said it was imperative for Nigeria to have a balanced energy mix, adding that in line with global best practice, there was an urgent need to diversify energy sources.

Nebo stated that most developed countries in the world used coal as their major source of power generation, stressing that Nigeria’s power generation mix currently consisted of 70 per cent production from the thermal plants and 30 per cent hydropower, adding that thermal plants were entirely based on natural gas as fuel.

According to the minister, the country has abundant coal spread across 13 states of the federation.

According to the terms of reference given to the committee members, the committee will review the status and adequacy of available studies and project documents relating to the establishment of coal-fired plants.

They are to examine the impediments and challenges to the development of coal-fired power plants in the country and make recommendations to facilitate investment in coal to power generation, among others.

- CAJ News


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