Nigeria and coal

From Global Energy Monitor

Nigeria is a small producer and consumer of coal. In 2019, it produced 0.3 million tonnes.[1]

Coal Resources

Resource Details

Category Reserve Classification Quantity Units Data Year
BGR Estimate Reserves 344[1] million tonnes 2019
BGR Estimate Resources 2,177[1] million tonnes 2019
Geological Survey Reserves 639[2] million tonnes 1994
Geological Survey Resources 2,750[2] million tonnes 1994
Commercial Reserves Reserves million tonnes
Commercial Resources Resources million tonnes

Coal Production

In 2019, Nigeria produced 0.3 million tonnes of coal.[1]

Proposed coal projects

In September 2011, Minister of Power Bart Nnaji said the Federal Government planned to build three coal-fired power stations adding up to 3,000 megawatts in the states of Enugu, Kogi, and Gombe, drawing upon coal deposits in the three states as well as Benue. The Federal Government would have a 25 per cent stake, with state governments and private sector companies owning the rest. The Minister said the coal-fired plants may take about four years to complete.

On whether the Ministry of Power would revive the Oji River coal station in Enugu State that was destroyed during the Nigerian Civil War, Nnaji said the dilapidated station was obsolete and produced a mere 35MW.[3]

Citizens Groups Campaigning on Climate Change

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 BGR Energy Study 2019 - Data and Developments in German and Global Energy Supplies (23), Hannover: Germany, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises, "Nigerian Coal Corporation", BPE website, Accessed Accessed July 2021
  3. "FG plans 3 coal-fired power stations" Vanguard, Sep. 6, 2011.

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