Wind power in Nigeria: First Wind Farm Comes On Stream in Katsina

In Africa, Ethiopia brought its first wind farm online last year, and both Nigeria and Mauritania have wind energy projects on the table. A wind energy project is due for commissioning in July this year in Kastina State, the minister of state for power, Arc. Darius Ishaku, has said.

The 10-megawatt wind power plant, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, is being funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, JICA, and it is expected to contribute to the national grid in order to boost electricity supply.

Ishaku made this disclosure when a two-man delegation from the Katsina State government paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Wednesday.

The delegation was led by the Katsina State commissioner of water resources, Jamilu Mohammed Danmusa, and the special adviser to the governor on higher education and erstwhile House of Representatives member, Dr. Garba Shehu Matazu.

In a statement issued by the assistant director of press at the Ministry of Power, Deworitshe Patricia, the minister said another 0.8 megawatt would be transmitted directly to the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Kastina, to serve the university community.

It would be sourced from a solar energy project which is also ongoing in the state, he said.

The minister also noted that the three dams in the state – Zobe, Sapke and Jibia – when fully utilised, would provide electricity for the people of the state and other neighbouring states.

Ishaku said the feasibility reports on Zobe and Jibia dams have been completed and have been submitted to government, while he advised the state government to woo private investors to the state to participate in the provision of electricity.