Some Nigerian states might quickly expertise blackouts following a sudden burst on the Kainji Hydroelectric Dam in Kainji.
The embankments of Kainji dam, one in every of Nigeria’s hydro-power stations caved in after the opening of the 4 spillway gates to free surplus water brought on by heavy rains.
On Sunday, the administration, Mainstream Vitality Answer Restricted, opened the factors however found that the dam was impounding extra water than it ought to.
“We opened the four spillway gates due to the water stress. Now, it’s hitting the embarkment and can proceed to increase if not strengthened. The embarkment is falling, rocks are falling into the water”, an official informed Thisday.
The dam, which produces hydroelectric energy, is situated in New Bussa city in Borgu Native Authorities Space of Niger State.
Authorities and the agency have shut down the hydro-power station for repairs.
It will take about 760MW of electrical energy off the nationwide grid.
Abdulrasaq Jakada, a prime official of the Emir of Borgu’s palace stated the monarch has been knowledgeable of the event.
#BREAKING: Kainji Hydroelectric Dam in Niger State has burst its banks. The hydro-power station is about to be shutdown. About 760MW of electrical energy taken off the grid. Operators rush to forestall environmental catastrophe. pic.twitter.com/HXmhP0uNyn
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