Nigeria invites bids to build 4GW nuclear power plant

WCN Editorial Team 4 Mar 2022 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Government of Nigeria has sought bids for the construction of a nuclear power plant in the country.

The new nuclear power plant, which is estimated to generate 4GW of power, is expected to become the largest power facility in the country once it is operational.

It is also expected to significantly improve the country’s power generation capacity.

There have been concerns regarding the ability of the country to manage a nuclear power plant, due to the security situation and the delicate nature of the project, reported Business Insider Africa.

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority director general Dr. Yau Idris was quoted by local media as saying: “There are mechanisms put in place that ensure any country can build a nuclear power plant.

Nigeria is trying to deliver 4,000MW of electricity through nuclear power. We are trying to construct four units and we are at the bidding stage.”

Yau Idris also said that the regulatory agency has signed deals with South Korea, France, Russia, and Pakistan to build the capacity of its staff for the nuclear plants.

He added that Nigeria has been trying to diversify its energy sources since 1977.

Now, the addition of 4GW of power will bring the total generation capacity of the country to approximately 13GW.

In April last year, China Railway Construction’s (CRCC) subsidiary China Civil Engineering Construction (CCECC) signed a $3.02bn contract for work on Nigerian Eastern Railway from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri in Nigeria.

Work on the project involved reconstruction and rehabilitation of the existing eastern railway line along with the construction of new branch lines.

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The new nuclear power plant is expected to significantly improve the country’s power generation capacity. Credit: Markus Distelrath from Pixabay.

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