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Friday, 14 March 2014

UNIDO supports development of small hydro power plants in Nigeria

ABUJA, 14 March 2014 – A small hydro power (SHP) plant has been successfully installed in Nigeria’s Taraba State.

The plant was a fruit of joint forces between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Taraba State Government, and the International Centre for Small Hydro Power Plant (ICSHP) in China.

As the first of the series of other such plants to be installed across the country, the 400kW SHP aims to provide sustainable access to clean energy for industrial activities at the Mambila beverages (Nig) Ltd, as well as for productive uses of the adjoining villages, whose inhabitants are among the 30 million living without electricity in Nigeria.

Receiving the ICSHP team in Abuja, UNIDO Representative to Nigeria, Patrick Kormawa, emphasized UNIDO’s commitment to promote expanded access to clean and sustainable sources of energy in Nigeria. “Sustainable access to power is a basic necessity for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in many countries, including Nigeria. In collaboration with the ICSHP, the Energy Commission of Nigeria and other Federal Ministries, we affirm our effort to increase the proportion of energy from renewable sources in Nigeria, particularly from hydro-power,” said Kormawa.

Through this partnership, UNIDO has been able to strengthen South-South cooperation, as well as to build the technical capacity of local engineers in the country, particularly through civil works, construction and technology transfer in the assembling, installation and maintenance of SHP plants.

“ICSHP is pleased to be part of this project and intends to work closely with UNIDO to realize the dream of building small hydro power capacity all over the world,” said senior programme officer at ICSHP in China, Guofeng.

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria

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