Gurara Dam and Electric Power Station

Hydropower Plants

Start of works

February 2021

Progress status


Data updated to April 2021

Gurara, Nigeria
SDG Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile
Affordable and Clean energy Affordable and Clean energy
Climate action Climate action

The project involves civil and ancillary works for the construction of the Gurara Dam, 52.5 m high and 3 km long at the crest with a reservoir of approximately 880 million m³ of water. Mixed construction in loose materials and rockfill with a clay core and filters. Spillway excavated in granite rock and partly coated in concrete.

The works include 1.16 km supply tunnel, intake tower, drainage tunnel and include mechanical and metalwork. The electric power station will have an installed capacity of 3 x 10 MW.

The following works will be an integral part of the project:

110 km of 132 kV high-tension electrical lines;
• Access roads for a total of approximately 50 km;
• Pilot irrigation system: Approximately 200 hectares of irrigated areas.
• Abuja Water Supply: 14 m3/s with 75 km of pipelines

The aim of this multi-purpose project is to meet the water needs of the capital (Abuja), to produce electricity for the industrial zone of the city of Kaduna, and to develop agriculture with modern irrigation systems in the valley of the Gurara River , as well as offering a glimpse of the potential for developing tourism in the area.

Technical data

Dam volume (m3)


Rock excavations (m3)


Concrete (m3)