Nigeria’s federal government aims to build three coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 3 GW.

Barth Nnaji, Nigeria’s minister of power, said the stations would be constructed in the states of Enugu in the south-east, Kogi in the central region, and Gombe in the north of the country. He said that the aim is to diversify the country’s electricity generation.

“Not only does Nigeria have huge coal deposits in Enugu, Kogi, Gombe and Benue States, but we also have the world’s cleanest type of coal,” he said.

The federal government will hold about 25 per cent equity stake in the three projects, while the states and the private sector would own the rest, he added.

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