Govt Eyes 1,200MW From Nuclear Power Plant
Electricity Distribution plant Photo: NAECNG

Nigeria will have its first nuclear power plant, able to generate about 1,200 megawatts of electricity, by mid-2020.

The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission revealed this recently, adding that the country has made progress in the diversification of the country’s energy sources.

Chairman/Chief Executive, NAEC, Prof. Simon Mallam, said that the agency had signed different agreements on behalf of the Federal Government with Rosatom, a Russian firm renowned for the construction of nuclear power plants.

“Nigeria has a programme to get its first nuclear power plant on ground and our timeline is towards mid-2020,” Mallam said.

“It is hoped that our first plant will become commercial by 2020, and after that, we will add three or four more plants to the first one within a period of five to 10 years.

“Our plan right now is for us to be able to generate 1,000MW to 1,200MW, and then, up it to four plants of the same capacities.

“Hopefully, by the time we are done, we will be talking of a total of about 4,800MW. It is not easy to start all of the plants at the same time, considering the capacity to build them and other factors.”