Oyo hydro project’s now obsolete turbines abandoned since 1982

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One of Nigeria’s largest hydro dams lays waste as turbines bought in 1982 from a German company were abandoned at the dam site and are now obsolete, ESI Africa reports.

The multi-million naira electricity turbines were purchased for the hydropower project at Ikere Gorge dam in Iseyin, Oyo State. The turbines were expected to produce electricity that would benefit several communities in Oke-Ogun area of the state – who now live with erratic power supply or are without access to power entirely.

The dam’s project manager, Eng. Isaac Sunday Akingbade, explained that the dam, presently being managed by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, was built to produce no less than 6MW. But blaming political instability and a lack funds, he said that the obsolete turbines could not be used for the purpose they were procured for.

According to the project manager, the Federal Government has however, now identified the dam as among five in the country earmarked to generate hydropower. He said a government delegation from Abuja recently visited the dam for a survey with a view to fixing the hydro project.