Nigeria announces $5.8 billion deal for record-breaking power project

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Mambila hydropower project will be the largest power plant in Nigeria

Project has been in development for over 30 years

100,000 people will be displaced

CNN  — 

The government of Nigeria has announced the award of a $5.8 billion contract to build what will be the largest power plant in the country.

The 3,050-megawatt Mambila hydroelectric power project in the state of Taraba will be delivered by a consortium of Chinese state-owned construction firms.

The megaproject will feature four dams between 50 and 150 meters tall, and take six years to complete, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told reporters in Abuja.