|Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals Development|
Monday, 21 March 2016
Nigeria to Generate 1,000 MW of electricity from coal by 2020. cc @DrJoeAbah
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development has said that Nigeria is expected to generate 1000 mega watts of electricity from coal by the year 2020 to supplement other sources of energy currently in use in the country, Vanguard reports.
Dr. Fayemi disclosed this at an Economic Summit organised by the New Telegraph newspapers with the theme, “Nigeria: Beyond the Oil Economy”, in Lagos last week.
Fayemi noted that a significant opportunity exists for power generation from coal exploration in the country. He said the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development is collaborating with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to ensure that the huge coal deposits in the country are explored to meet some of its energy needs.
He said; “Coal production started in Nigeria in 1902 and it was the main energy source for our country until 1960, and coal is in about 19 states of the federation stretching for about 800 kilometres…I know there are people who are worried about climate change and the implication of coal on that. But even coal can achieve clean coal environmental standards and we believe that about 1000 mega watts of electricity can be generated from coal by the year 2020″