Nigeria May Give Brazil Access to Oil, Gas Deposits Under Hydropower
By Paul Okolo - Aug 31, 2010 5:05 AM PT Tue Aug 31 12:05:47 GMT 2010
Nigeria, Africaï¿½s top oil producer, may grant Brazil access to its oil
and gas industry in return for the South American countryï¿½s
participation in two hydropower projects, the Nigerian vice president
Brazil has expressed interest in completing the development of the
Zungeru hydropower plant and financing the Mambilla hydropower project
under a partnership that would allow the country to help develop
Nigeriaï¿½s power industry, Namadi Sambo said in a statement on the
The cooperation is a ï¿½welcome ideaï¿½ because Brazil has comparative
advantage in hydro-electric power generation, renewable energy and
deepwater exploration of crude, said the statement dated yesterday.
Nigeria, which with more than 140 million people is Africaï¿½s most
populous nation, failed to meet a December 2009 deadline to double
electricity output to 6,000 megawatts, a situation that leads to daily
power cuts in most parts of the country.
The Mambilla project in the countryï¿½s northeastern state of Taraba
will generate 2,600 megawatts when completed, Abuja-based Daily Trust
quoted Nuhu Wya, minister of state for power, as saying on June 30.
Zungeru, in north central Niger state, has capacity for 32 MW,
according to the newspaper.
President Goodluck Jonathan announced a plan on Aug. 26 to expand
power generation through private investment. The program includes
selling 11 distribution companies created out of Power Holding Co. of
Nigeria, the state-owned utility, and allowing private companies to
set up power plants using natural gas, hydro-electric dams and coal-
The government of the West African nation wants to boost generation to
14,019 MW by 2013, Barth Nnaji, the presidentï¿½s adviser on power, said
on Aug. 17.
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