Fed Govt targets 4,000MW from coal
ABUJA – The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, at the weekend inaugurated a committee to develop a framework for coal as a means for generating power.
The minister said the utilization of coal for power would fetch Nigeria an excess of 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
He said the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development was conducting explorations in the Nigerian coal belt to identify and quantify the feasibility and viability of the coal sills in the country.
Nebo said: “Nigeria is blessed with an abundant array of deposits of coal spread in 13 states of the federation. Significant and commercial quantities are evident in the belt spanning Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa and Gombe states. Nigeria’s proven coal reserve is about 639 million tonnes and inferred reserves are in the region of 2.75 billion tonnes.
“This shows you how important it is that a good work of exploration to quantify these coal sills is done. “The Federal Ministry of Power and the Federal Ministry of Steel are working together to ensure that not only is coal mined from our coal deposits but that our coal is also converted to power. When that is done, it is most likely that this coal belt, when utilized, can give us in excess of additional 4,000 MW of electricity.”
The minister also said Nigeria’s generation mix consists of 70 per cent thermal plants and 30 per cent hydropower.
Thermal plants, he explained, are based on natural gas as fuel.
Rolling out the world average generation mix, Nebo said coal contributes 41 per cent; gas, 21 per cent; hydro, 16 per cent; nuclear, 13 per cent and oil, five per cent
In his analysis of the contribution of coal to power, the minister said coal contributes 93 per cent to South Africa’s power generation.
He noted that China generates 79 per cent of its power from coal while it is 87 per cent in Poland.
According to him, Australia and the United States generate 78 per cent and 45 per cent of their electricity from power. – THE NATION