on them as they cannot run 24 hours, 7 days continuously for 52 weeks of the year. It is thereforegoing to be useful to have a hydropower station located in one place to support and supplement power supply scheme on the Campus.The plant when completed will operate at no extra fuel consumption and with longer life time. Itis an ecologically friendly machine and system. The initial cost may be the most significantaspect of the plant cost. Maintenance will be limited by having adequately trained staff,lubricant, component replacement and minor miscellaneous items. It will be a pioneer project inthe vicinity which other universities and educational institutions can emulate. It is a way of utilizing what could be considered “waste” or excess water to generate wealth in electricalenergy supply. It will be part of the efforts in achieving one of the seven- point objectives of theagenda of the Yar’adua Administration.
In the design and construction of this small hydropower station, significant prior data is required.These include: survey of site and available structure, understanding of base structure component,hydrology of the dam, estimating available and attainable water head, do component pricing for construction of the turbine house, drain channel, coupling system, turbine, generator controlsystem, transformer and distribution panel, prepare architectural design and do environmentalimpact assessment. These are necessary at first phase construction that can be considered as thefeasibility study component. The above will be followed by acquisition of the items required for the implementation to bring the design to construction and testing level.
Scope of Work on the Project
The project requires preliminary survey of feasibility components and actualization components.Tour to already operating hydropower stations and components supply firms will be useful toensure proper take-off. The second phase will be the detailed design, procurement, constructionand testing. It is expected that while the first-phase could take up to one year, the realization of the second phase could take an additional two years.
Hydrological Features and Canal
Some basic parameters on the Catchments area and climatological data such as average rainfall,average annual water flow and flood flow should be established. Detail information on reservoir such as high water level, total volume, type of spill way required and overflow elevation datawill be useful. Analysis of these shall guide in selection of preferred design.