The Federal Government has revealed that Nigeria’s first power generating plant to be fuelled by coal will commence operation next year.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this recently during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Government and Atlas Petroleum Corporation in Abuja.
According to a report from the Federal Ministry of Power Atlas Petroleum has shown readiness to build the country’s first ever coal-fired power plant.
The minister said in order to build a robust energy mix, Nigeria had to harness all its potentials adding that this development would render futile any occurrence of vandalism in the country’s electricity supply sector.
He promised to help fast-track other licences with diverse agencies, starting with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
He said they will also support with the design of appropriate mining, as they must ensure everything works. The coal-fired plant should start next year.
“The coming into coal to power by Atlas Petroleum is a welcome development as history is about to be made today. While others are doing the talk, Atlas will do the action and the promoter of the firm is determined to put all the required funds for the development of this dream. Atlas will be the first to deliver more megawatts from coal.”
The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammad Wakil, stated that the event was remarkable as the 2.8 billion metric tonnes of coal deposits had remained untapped for years.