There are indications that Ariaria Market Independent Power Project is under utilised, says the plant station system operator of Ariaria Market Energy Solution Limited, Engr. Kelechi Nwankpa.
Despite the fact that many shops have hooked up to the grid, the consumption is yet to arrive 1 megawatts out of the 2 megawatts installed capacity and the market is yet to be fully integrated into the national grid, Nwankpa revealed.
According to him, “the station has the capacity to serve the entire community beyond the market”, adding that “it’s a gas-flared power, not just gas but Compressed Natural Gas from Total Support Plant, Eleme, Port-Harcourt”.
DAILY INDEPENDENT gathered that the pilot phase of the Ariaria Market Energy Solution Limited started in 2017 at the A-Line section of the market.
Approval was given for the construction of the permanent site of the plant was later granted, while the commissioning of the power plant took place on January 29, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, with a total capacity of 9.6 megawatts.
The project is powered by the Ariaria Market Energy Solution Limited (AMES), a Public Private Partnership project between the state government, Federal Government and the Rural Electrification Agency, an arm of the Federal Ministry of Power.
Godwin Adindu, Director-General of Abia State Orientation Agency, noted that the vision driving the project is to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all customers, Aba artisans and traders at the Ariaria International Market.
“For Governor Ikpeazu, the Ariaria Market Energy Solution (AMES) is one of the critical vehicles for driving the state’s policy of promoting Small, Micro and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMES); a successful adventure that has become one of the major signposts of the administration and for which he has been roundly applauded,” Adindu said.
Testimonies from traders in the market reveal that the power situation has remarkably improved since the advent of the project.
A dealer on telecommunication gadgets, Madam Vivian Achuonu, said that the project has engendered a new lease of life in the way and manner business is done at the market.
Micheal Amaku, a dealer on suits is grateful to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu for attracting the project.
He said that the project has provided the advantage to use gadgets in the market.
He said that the project is not only efficient, but cost effective as the new cost has been reduced to N2000 from the initial N4000 they were paying to some private generating plants.