The epileptic power supply in Bayelsa state may soon be over as the state government at the weekend said it was working out modalities to procure a new 100 mega watts gas turbine at Imiringi,near Yenagoa.
To this end, the State Governor, Seriake Dickson, said government had finalized arrangements with Independent Power Energy Limited of America and their financiers, Deutsch Bank of Germany to commence work on the gas turbine project.
Dickson who met with officials of the foreign power firm and bank yesterday in Abuja, said the generated energy from the new gas turbine would be completed within a period of one year and would be added to the existing one that would generate 214 megawatts to boost power supply in the state
The Governor noted that the power plant would be executed under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) agreement between the American firm and the state government. However, total cost of the gas turbine project was not disclosed by the authorities in the state.
Dickson informed that government had also concluded arrangements to upgrade the existing gas turbine plant at Imiringi to generate 114 megawatts .
It was learnt that the said gas turbine was in a deplorable condition for over four thereby limiting its scope.
The Governor said when the installment of the new gas turbine was completed ,part of the power would be sold to the national grid to enable it generate revenue for the state and the investing company for a year after its commissioning.
Earlier, President, Independent Power Plant Energy Limited,America,Ian Duff, has assured that, it would deliver the new turbine with the latest technology, within stipulated time.
Duff said standards would not be compromised in the construction of the plant, adding that the firm was ready to build a first class independent gas power plant, which would be of world standard.
The President said the company would employ Nigerians, especially Bayelsans, who would also be trained with the latest technological skills of gas turbine operations and maintenance. Duff also said part of the company’s social responsibility, a clinic would be established to take care of the health needs of workers and indigenes of the host communities.