The Nigerian government have concluded plans to commence production of electricity from coal. This was made manifest in the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with a Chinese energy firm, HTG/Pacific Energy Co. Ltd, worth $3.7 billion.
The signing of the MoU which took place at the Banquette Hall of the Presidential Villa is the first step to building plants that is expected to generate additional 1200 mega watts of electricity to the
national grid through coal. This was made known by the Chairman of Pacific Energy, Co. ltd, Adedeji Adeleke while speaking to journalist after the signing of the memorandum.
The proposed 1200 mega watts power plant which will be sited in Enugu state will utilize the coal which will be mined from the Ezima coal mine. The MoU is actually for the allocation of the coal mine," Mr. Adeleke said.
The power which is expected to come on stream in 48 months is aimed at utilizing Nigeria's vast coal reserve which is put at 360 metric tonnes in producing clean energy in an environment friendly manner.
This is part of the Federal government strategy to solve the power crisis facing the country.
It could be recalled that Nigeria operated a thermal power station in Oji, Enugu state. But was abandoned shortly after the 1967 - 1970 civil war amidst facility decay and the global clamor for cleaner energy.