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Firm receives two Water Use licences for hydro power generation


By Gabriel Ewepu

ABUJA- A power generating firm, Kano Hydro and Energy Development Company, KHEDCO, Thursday, received two Water Use licences from the Federal Government for hydro power generation in order to boost electricity supply in the country.

The Executive Director, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, NIWRMC, Reuben Habu, presented the licences to KHEDCO in Abuja.

NIWRMC is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources saddled with the responsibility to regulate commercial use of water by evaluation, inspection, monitoring and licencing operators in the water sector.

According to Habu, the company having met the technical requirements was granted the two licences to generate hydro power.

One of the Water Use licences issued is for 10 megawatts Tiga Hydroelectric Power plant station located in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State, whose source of water is the Kano River with an annual water abstraction threshold (m) of 1.9 billion cubic meters Tiga dam storage reservoir.

While the second Water Use Licence is for 6 megawatts Challawa Hydroelectric power plant station located in Karaye, Kano State, whose source of water is Challawa River.

The purpose of abstraction /impoundment/diversion is hydroelectric power generation. Annual water abstraction threshold, 904,000,000 cubic meters Challawa Dam storage Reservoir.

He said: “Today is unique, we have done all our inspections on different areas about Kano Hydro and Energy Development Company, KHEDCO, and the company having met the technical requirements was granted the two licences to generate hydro power.

“One of the Water Use licences issued is for 10 megawatts Tiga Hydroelectric Power plant station located in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State, whose source of water is the Kano River with an annual water abstraction threshold (m) of 1.9 billion cubic meters Tiga dam storage reservoir.

“While the second Water Use Licence is for six megawatts Challawa Hydroelectric power plant station located in Karaye, Kano State, whose source of water is Challawa River.

“The purpose of abstraction /impoundment/diversion is hydroelectric power generation. Annual water abstraction threshold, 904,000,000 cubic meters Challawa Dam storage Reservoir.”

The Managing Partner, KHEDCO, Engr Salihu Auta, who received the two licences on behalf of the company appreciated the approval of the licences, and also assured that the company will ensure compliance with all conditions attached to the licenses.


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