The federal government has commenced moves to deploy underutilized power assets to deliver incremental power to industrial centres and the needy communities in the country by generating additional 4.2 gigawatts of power to the national grid in the next 12-18 months.
In a statement by the Strategy and Communications Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Bisi Daniels, this is to ensure optimal use of resources. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah said work is ongoing on the Alaoji power plant to supply about 360MW of unutilized power to industrial centres and people in the South-East Axis of Onitsha, Aba, Nnewi and Ihiala.
The partners executing the project are the Federal Government (through The Transmission Company of Nigeria, Niger Delta Power Holding Company), GE Power, and Enugu Disco.
Enelamah added that the Council believes the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) brown fields are the fastest and the most cost effective path to increased power delivery to industrial hubs and communities.
Through the coordination of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, the government seeks to generate additional 4.2 Gigawatts of power to the national grid in the next 12-18 months. Towards this end, a total of 8 power projects have been selected for the critical intervention. They are the Aba Integrated Power Project; Kainji rehabilitation and expansion; power transmission; captive power projects for industry; Afam IV rehabilitation; Afam V rehabilitation; a Seplat gas facility; and Alaoji power plant.
Source: The Nation