As part of efforts to find solution to the current plague of epileptic power supply in the country, the federal government is making arrangements for Nigeria’s first ever nuclear power plants with capacity to generate 2,400 megawatts (MW) to be sited at Geregu, Kogi and Itu, Akwa Ibom.
Disclosing this in Abuja recently, the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) explained that both sites had been selected for the construction of the two nuclear power plants after due considerations, adding that the areas were accepted fit to host the nuclear power facilities.
Speaking at a presentation during a plenary session to appraise the second phase of Nigeria’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR), Chairman of NAEC, Erepamo Osaisai disclosed that part of the progress made so far with the nuclear power plant programme was the conclusion of the preliminary site selection activities.
Osaisai also said that detailed evaluation and characterisation would be conducted on preferred sites on the approval of government in Geregu, Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi State and Itu in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
NAEC had entered talks with Russia’s Rosatom Corporation to build four nuclear power plants in Nigeria, costing about $20 billion (about N3.9 trillion) and which is expected to generate as much as 4,800MW.
Erepamo, however said the plants would be co-financed by Rosatom, which will then build, own, operate and transfer (BOT) them to the government.
He explained that the preliminary licensing of the approved sites is expected by the end of 2016 from the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) which has started the process of developing the licenses.