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Nigeria approves construction of HV lines for Mambilla HPP [free access]

September 4, 2017

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has approved the construction of high-voltage (HV) transmission lines associated with the 3,050 MW Mambilla hydro power project (HPP) in Taraba.


The HPP, along with the transmission lines, under discussion since 1972, has finally received funding from the Chinese Export-Import (EXIM) Bank. Of the USD5.8 billion cost of the project, 85 per cent will be funded by the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of China and the remaining by Nigeria’s federal government.


The transmission component of the project involves putting in place 700-km-long transmission lines comprising two corridors — one between Mambilla and Makurdi, and the other between Mambilla and Jalingo.


The civil and electro-mechanical works of the entire project will be undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on a turnkey basis.


The construction works of the HPP and transmission lines are expected to last six years, with expected completion in 2024.