Buhari woos China for Mambilla power project
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IN his recent visit to Beijing, President Muhammadu Buhari sought China's support towards the completion of the Mambilla Power Project in Taraba, north east Nigeria.
“I would like to once again solicit your support for the Mambilla hydropower project, which remains a key priority for my government.


Our hope is to fund the project with concessionary loans from China, as any alternative funding arrangement will adversely impact the project's viability.


“We have been informed that our submission on this project is undergoing assessment by the relevant Chinese agencies.
We hope, with your kind intervention, this assessment will be expedited.

Your Excellency, Mambilla is Nigeria's equivalent of the Three Gorges Dam.
My wish is that you join me for the groundbreaking ceremony of this project in the not too distant future,” Buhari told his Chinese counterpart.

The Mambilla project is considered the county's biggest dam projects; perhaps in Africa also. The dam is a projected hydro power plant to be connected to three dams across the Donga River when completed.

The main Mambilla dam, which began in 1982, is a large rolled compact concrete dam with a reservoir of 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level.

Water is diverted towards the western side of the plateau through three hydraulic tunnels covering 33 kilometres and intercepted by two smaller dams (Sum and Nghu), hoisted at an elevation of 1,250 metres (4,100 ft).

The tunnels lead into a 1,000-metre (3,300 ft) drop shaft and then to a massive underground powerhouse with a generating capacity of 3,050 megawatts (MW).

The Chinese Leader Xi Jinping expressed readiness to support the project referring to it as a critical one to the development of Nigeria.

“We understand how critical the project is to your country and we will take a serious look at it and ensure that it succeeds because of its social and economic benefits,” Xi Jinping replied.

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