The Russian nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, has called on the Federal Government to consider off-grid technologies such as mini-hydro power stations as an effective solution to address Nigeria’s electricity shortfall.
According to the corporation, the establishment of mini-hydro stations would enhance access to electricity for the country’s increasing population, as it noted that minor water streams needed for such projects were scattered across the country. Rosatom, on behalf of the Russian government, recently signed an agreement with Nigeria for the development of a nuclear power plant and research centre in Nigeria.
The firm described the mini-hydro power station technology as quick and simple to build, easy to maintain and with capacity to provide ecologically clean and cheap electricity. Rosatom’s subsidiary recently showcased a portable mini-hydro power station in a container format for electricity generation in remote areas, and urged the Nigerian government to consider exploring the technology.
Source: The Punch