Babatunde Fashola, the Minster of Power, Works and Housing said the completion of the Gurara Hydro Power Plant in Kaduna State would generate additional 30 megawatts to the national grid.
Fashola spoke on Friday in Kaduna when he visited the Gurara Dam project to assess the level of work.
The project is an earth-fill-rock dam, a multipurpose project, consisting a dam, water transfer tunnel, a power house, a power transmission line, an irrigation scheme, a spillway, a bottom outlet access roads and associated works.
Fashola said the current administration was determined to increase the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country using various energy mix.
“ But you see that your country is developing wind power in Kastina, it is developing hydro power here in Kaduna.
“It is developing hydro power in Kasibila, we have been to Jebba, we have been to Kainji, Shiroro, slowly the energy mix is coming together,’’he said.
He said that government would soon complete and begin the evacuation of electricity from the plant, adding that approval has been granted by the Federal Executive Council to complete the Gurara- Kudanda substation.
The minister said that there was collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in the Gurara project.
He expressed the hope that the project would be completed early next year.
The Minister paid a similar visit to the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydropower project in Taraba State on Thursday where he assured that the Dam, when completed about 2018, would serve the purpose of protecting parts of the country from a predicted ecological disaster, provide electricity and support agricultural ventures in surrounding States of the Northeast.
Fashola also told newsmen after the inspection that the project, conceived about 2007, would generate electricity to feed communities like Doga, Wukari, Takum, Kashimbila and many other communities in the Northeast and Yandev in Benue State who are not yet connected to the Grid aside serving as intervention against a predicted ecological disaster that would affect some states in the country.
The Kashimbila Hydropower Dam Project in Taraba State, when completed will add 40 Megawatts of electricity to the National Grid.
Initially conceived as the Multipurpose Kashimbila/Gamovo Multipurpose Buffer Dam and built on the Katsina-Ala River in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State to mitigate the effect of an envisaged environmental disaster as a result of the inevitable collapse of the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, the Dam would be impounded in February next year.
The Minister was accompanied on both inspection tours by the Director, Renewable and Rural Power Access, Engineer Abayomi Adebisi and briefed on the projects by senior management team members of the companies handling both projects