Mix of fossil fuel, renewable energy will solve Nigeria’s power issues – Expert

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Dr Reuben Okeke, an energy expert, and former Director-General of National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), on Friday said fossil fuel and renewable energy, if well harnessed, would solve Nigeria’s power challenge, Tribune reports.

Okeke said; “Fossil fuel or conventional generation will give a lot of bulk power and the gestation period is not much; renewable energy is equally important because that balances out the fossil fuel we get down south. And for the renewable or solar energy, you get more of it up north. So I should think that we should look at these two as well.”

“We also can bring in coal-to-power which is very important because we have an abundant coal belt that can last to the next generation. Nigeria is blessed with abundant energy in fossil fuel, abundant sun and abundant hydro energy, so if these things are well harnessed; I think that will make Nigeria come out of woods,’’ Okeke said.