Minister of water resources, Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe, has said that the kashimbilla Dam which cost the federal government $1 billion would generate about 30 megawatts of electricity to Benue and Taraba states.
The minister who stated this at the African Focus Day at the 24th edition of the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, said that the project which is undertaken by the government as a preventive measure to cushion the likely eventual breakage of Lake Nyos in Cameroun would also be used for irrigation purposes.
A statement issued by the Head, Press/Public Relations Unit of the ministry, said, “The
Kashimbilla/Gamovo Buffer Dam and Associated Structures in Taraba State of Nigeria is a multipurpose dam, principally designed to check the threat of the flood anticipated from the imminent break of the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, situated upstream along the Cameroun line of volcanic activity; the Kashimbilla Dam project is therefore a proactive pre-emptive response by the Federal Government of Nigeria to the report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) of great catastrophe that might result from imminent collapse of Lake Nyos.”
She added that the Kashimbilla multipurpose dam project has three components comprising of 40MW hydropower which would utilize about 140 m3/second, water supply component including a water treatment plant with a capacity of 60,000m3 /day to provide water to about 400,000 people, irrigation component designed to utilize 86,400m3/day to irrigate about 2000ha of farmland.
She said that Kashimbilla Dam Project was conceived with the principles of integrated water resources management in mind understanding that water drives the economic and social development of nations and has a basic function in maintaining the integrity of the environment.
Ochekpe said that in developing the Kashimbilla Dam project, a holistic approach to water management in which many different aspects are closely connected and work successfully together was adopted.
In addition, she said there are also ample provisions for fisheries development, tourism and provision of water for sustenance of the environment and for downstream residents.