Some parts of Nigeria may soon experience blackouts as one of country’s hydro-power stations, Kainji Hydroelectric Dam in Kainji has been shut down for repairs.
The development was confirmed in a statement released on Sunday, September 13 by the Hydro-power station management, Mainstream Energy Solution Limited.
According to the report, the hydro-power stations caved in after the opening of the four spillway gates to free surplus water influx caused by heavy rainfall. It was said that the dam was impounding more water than it should.
A statement by one of the officials partly reads; “We opened the 4 spillway gates because of the water pressure. Now, it is hitting the embarkment and will continue to expand if not reinforced. The embarkment is falling, rocks are falling into the water”.
Naija News understands that shutting down the dam which is located in New Bussa town in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State will take about 760MW of electricity off the national grid.
Confirming the report, a top official of the Emir of Borgu’s palace, Abdulrasaq Jakada, noted that the monarch has been told of the incident.
See a video of the Hydro-Power Burst below as shared by Arise News on Monday, September 14.
#BREAKING: Kainji Hydroelectric Dam in Niger State has burst its banks. The hydro-power station is about to be shutdown. About 760MW of electricity taken off the grid. Operators rush to forestall environmental disaster. pic.twitter.com/HXmhP0uNyn
— ARISE News Feed (@ARISEtv) September 14, 2020
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has said labour would not protest the recent increment in prices of various essential commodities, including fuel and electricity yet.