Nigeria plans for more coal and renewable energy

Nigeria will increase its focus on coal and renewable energy to increase electricity generation in the country, according to the National Mirror.

The federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Atlas Petroleum Corporation to develop coal-fired power plants for the nation if all licenses and building permits are secured.

According to the Minister of State Hon. Mohammad Wakil, Nigeria has stores of coal that are currently not being put to use. Investing in new coal-fired plants will utilize the nation's resources and help it meets its goal of producing 30 percent of its electricity from coal plants, the National Mirror reported.

Nigerian Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo believes using available coal resources will allow the country to produce more than 5,000 MW over its current generating capacity. However, the country is not just focusing on coal to bolster its energy resources. 

"There is no way our country will do a good job in providing electricity in the right quantity and quality for our people depending on only one source of generation, it is not possible," Nebo stated, according to This Day Live.

Nigeria is also looking toward solar and biomass energy generation to increase electricity production. Earlier in December, the government signed a memorandum of understanding with Solius NGPC, Peoples Home Association and Solar Force Nigeria Ltd. to build solar facilities around the country.

Peoples Home Association Chief Operating Officer Rasaki Porbeni stated the company would begin by providing 500 MW of solar power through five 100-MW facilities in different locations, Premium Times reported. Solar Force will produce 1 MW of solar energy in 200 separate villages.

Currently, Nigeria only uses hydropower as a renewable energy method, according to Business Day. The nation generated about 2,100 MW of electricity from hydropower in 2011, according to the latest energy generation method data.

More information on Nigerian energy can be found at PennEnergy Research

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