Nigeria current electricity generation capacity is about 8,300 MW. Nigeria energy consumption in 2018 is mainly composed of gas-fired power (85%) and hydropower (15%). The government has an ambitious target of providing universal access by 2030, to realize this objective a massive investment in the energy sector must be done; currently, they are eyeing renewables and nuclear to achieve this goal.
The country has concrete plans on erecting its first nuclear plant by mid-2020's but is still putting logistics in place to make this a reality. The government has set a target of generating 4,800 MW from nuclear between 2025 and 2028. To reach that objective Nigeria already started the process to acquire nuclear technology. The potential sites chosen by the government to host the NPPs are Itu in Cross River and Geregu in Benue.
- Dr. Yau Idris, Director General, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority
- Dr. Abubakar Malah Umar, Director, Nuclear Science & Technology Department, Energy Commission of Nigeria
- Dr. Nasiru-Deen Adebayo Bello, General Manager – Nuclear Safety, Physical Security and Safeguards, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority