The sudden burst at the Kainji Hydroelectric Dam in Kainji may result to blackouts in Some Nigerian states.
In an unfortunate incident, the embankments of Kainji dam, one of Nigeria’s hydro-power stations caved in after the opening of the four spillway gates to free surplus water caused by heavy rains.
The management of Mainstream Energy Solution Limited, on Sunday opened the points but discovered that the dam was impounding more water than it should.
“We opened the 4 spillway gates because of the water pressure. Now, it is hitting the embarkment and will continue to expand if not reinforced. The embarkment is falling, rocks are falling into the water”, an official told Thisday.
The dam located in New Bussa town in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State , produces hydroelectric power, which is also connected to Nigeria’s National grid.
At the moment the authorities and the firm have shut down the hydro-power station for repairs.
This will take about 760MW of electricity off the national grid.
A top official of the Emir of Borgu’s palace, Abdulrasaq Jakada, said the monarch has been informed of the development.