Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Wednesday disclosed that the Federal Executive Council has approved the contract for the engineering work of the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Plant in Taraba State in the sum of $5.792bn.
Fashola revealed further that the construction would take approximately six years because of the extensive nature of the scope of work.
The minister said the work would include the construction of four dams, one of which is expected to be 150 metres high; two others will be 70 metres high while the smallest dam will be 50 metres in height .
He said, “Several efforts have been made to bring the project to reality since 1972, which is about 45 years ago, but I am happy to announce to you that this government approved the award of the contract today through a joint venture with a Chinese civil engineering company for the engineering contract, including civil and electromechanical works, for $5.792 billion.
“The construction should take about 72 months, which is roughly about six years.The scope of works are very extensive. It requires the construction of four dams: one of them is a 150 metres in height, intermediate two are 70 metres in height and the smallest of them is 50 metres in height.
“The 150 metres one is essentially the size of a 50-storey building because you have approximately 3 metres per floor.