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Kainji Dam, Jebba, Afam, hydroelectricity, Sapele

Petroleum, natural gas, and hydroelectricity are Nigeria’s major sources of commercial energy; they are slightly outpaced by the largely noncommercial consumption of fuelwood and charcoal. Despite major programs to extend electricity to homes, only a small portion of rural households are electrified. Demand for electricity outstrips supply, in part because the government agency overseeing energy production is inefficient. The major thermal electrical installations are at Igbin, Afam, and Sapele. Hydroelectricity is generated at Kainji Dam and in lesser quantities at Shiroro Gorge on the Kaduna River, at Jebba, and at several smaller sites. Only 5 percent of the country’s potential hydroelectric capacity has been developed.

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Kainji Dam, Jebba, Afam, hydroelectricity, Sapele, charcoal, natural gas, Petroleum, government agency, homes, energy production, percent, supply


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