The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu who recently led a delegation of investors planning to set up a coal power plant in Enugu to the Enugu state government house, has said that Enugu state government, the federal government and the Simang Group are currently making strides at revamping coal generation in the state, IWIN reports.

He noted that the federal government was looking for how best to generate more power, knowing that South Africa, China and others generate more than 60% of their electricity from coal. He added that considering that there are large coal deposits in Nigeria from Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Gombe, to Sokoto and also considering that Nigeria’s over dependence on gas power plants sometimes face the challenge of restiveness in the Niger Delta, it was a no brainer.

He said that Simang Group would complete a seismic 3D study in less than six months provided they have adequate access, adding that asides the study, they would also engage in the mining of the coal and generate electricity from the proposed plant. He noted that a suitable legal and enabling environment was being provided for them as they had already gone round the relevant ministries.

With regard to when electricity might be generated through coal, he said that the Simang Group has indicated that it would not take them more than three years for electricity to be generated from the plant. He added that the proposed 1,000 megawatts from the plant would not serve Enugu and the south east states alone but would be transmitted into the national grid as well.