Hydropower projects in Nigeria and Kenya

In Nigeria, China Geo-Engineering Corp. (Beijing) will build a 100MW hydropower plant for the Power Holding Co. of Nigeria and the Zamfara state government. In Kenya, Sinohydro Corp. (Beijing) will construct the 20MW Sangoro hydropower project. The Nigerian project, located in the Gotwa Dam village, will have the potential to provide irrigation for 10,000 hectares of land for the production of rice and tomatoes downstream from the 2 billion-cum dam. The USD 163 million Zamfara project is scheduled to start providing power to the national grid in the first quarter of 2011. The Kenyan project is due to start construction in November with Nippon Koei Co. Ltd (Chiyoda, Tokyo) acting as consultant for Sinohydro. The Sangoro power plant will be located about 5km downstream from the Sondu/Miriu power station at the end of a project tunnel. It will use the 39.9-cum-per-second water discharge from Sondu with a head of 62.2m. The power generated at Sangoro will be in addition to the 60MW generated by Sondu/Miriu when it is fully commissioned. Power from the Sangoro project is scheduled to be fed into the national grid in the second half of 2011. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation has provided initial funding of USD 51 million for the USD 65 million project.
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