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Kainji Dam burst? Nigeria’s hydroelectricity power station managers speak

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Kainji Dam burst? Nigeria’s hydroelectricity power station managers speak

“We thoroughly inspected the Dam Crest, Reservoir, Embankment Rip Rap, Dam Toe, Toe Drain, Piezometers, Spillway, Stilling Basin, Power House, etc

“Furthermore Kainji has one of the most sophisticated real-time inflow prediction and reservoir basin management systems

By Temitope Ponle

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has confirmed that the integrity of Kainji Dam is “intact and that the facility is operating flawlessly”.

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The confirmation is contained in a statement signed by Mr Chidi Izuwah, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, ICRC on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Izuwah said that the attention of ICRC was drawn “to very dangerous fake news circulating about Kainji Dam

“As part of the Power Sector reforms, Kainji Hydropower Facilities were concession-ed to Mainstream Energy Solutions.

“Mainstream’s responsibility includes safe custody of the entire dam structure and appurtenances

The ICRC, being the statutory agency responsible for pre and post contract regulation of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and concessions, has continued regular technical and other compliance monitoring of the Kainji Concession

READ ALSO   Fake news, no explosion at Kainji Dam – Official “The ICRC wants to confirm that the integrity of Kainji Dam is intact and the facility is operating flawlessly and injecting lowest-cost power to the national grid,” he said

Izuwah said ICRC conducted a compliance monitoring visit before the COVID-19 pandemic on the dam and all aspects were inspected and tested.

“We thoroughly inspected the Dam Crest, Reservoir, Embankment Rip Rap, Dam Toe, Toe Drain, Piezometers, Spillway, Stilling Basin, Power House, etc

“Furthermore Kainji has one of the most sophisticated real-time inflow prediction and reservoir basin management systems.

“This computer-based system, with feeder monitors on the upstream and downstream stretches, is designed to ensure world-class hydraulics flow management for dam, upstream and downstream safety management.”

The director-general further explained what an embankment collapse of the dam meant and its implications for the nation

READ ALSO   Fake news, no explosion at Kainji Dam – Official “Kainji Dam impounds over 16 billion liters of water. Embankment collapse means the dam structure is breached leading to loss of containment of the impounded water.

“Embankment collapse will result in what is called a dam break wave.

“Most empirical hydraulic models will show that everything probably some decent distance on both banks of the niger from kanji dam location to the sea will be washed away.

“A dam break wave is very similar to a Tsunami wave but is not of seismic origin.”

He added that an embankment collapse of the dam would “probably be the biggest disaster to hit Nigeria”

Izuwah further assured Nigerians that Kainji was safe and advised them to ignore the fake news on the dam.

“We advised all Nigerians to please kindly check the status of our PPP and concession projects on the ICRC disclosure portal or directly with the Commission.”

READ ALSO   Fake news, no explosion at Kainji Dam – Official The Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria, also debunked the report of the Kainji dam explosion

The general public, especially the print and electronic media, should disregard the online Fake News claiming that there was an explosion in Kanji Dam. we can authoritatively confirm that Kainji Dam is safe, no explosion whatsoever in the Dam,” the statement reads