SHIRORO HYDRO ELECTRIC PLC
Shiroro, P.M.B. 125, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.
Shiroro Hydro Electric Plc has an installed capacity of 600MW and met worldwide technological standards for plants of its type when its first units were commissioned in 1990.
As Nigeria’s newest hydro-electric plant, Shiroro hosts Nigeria’s SCADA-operated supplementary national control centre. Shiroro is also equipped with switchyard facilities that include a technical ‘step down’ function for enhanced distribution into the national grid, an advanced control room, and modern training facilities.
The plant is situated at the Shiroro Gorge on the Kaduna River, approximately 60Km from Minna, capital of Niger State, and in close proximity to Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital city. The Shiroro reservoir provides storage for the annual September flood.
In 1999, the FGN began an aggressive restructuring of the power sector with several aims, including introduction of efficient, private sector standards and management principles, and methodology, leading to reliable power.
In 2001, the FGN approved a National Electric Power Policy (NEPP), followed in 2005 by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act. EPSR Act provides the legal authority for the unbundling of Nigeria’s power utility as well as the introduction of a new, regulatory scheme managed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), an independent regulatory commission, to guarantee open access and ensure efficiency throughout the industry.
On the 1st of November 2013 Shiroro Hydro Electric was concessioned to North South Power Ltd on a thirty years lease agreement.
Credit: The Bureau of Public Enterprise.