Taleveras Group of Companies Limited, the new owner of Afam Power station has signed technical agreement with Alstom Group for the rehabilitation and capacity expansion of the 776 megawatts power station.
Speaking while signing the agreement at the weekend in Lagos, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Alstom, Mr. Patrick Kron, said agreement is in line with the federal government’s initiatives to drastically improve power supply in the shortest possible time in the country.
Kron,who earlier in the day visited President Goodluck Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, said his visit affirms the Alstom Group’s objective to be an active and concrete strategic partner for infrastructure development in Nigeria and will reinforce the Group’s presence in the country.
He disclosed Alstom’s intention to support the development of local manpower for the progressive growth of the power sector through a plan to establish a professional power training centre in the country.
According to him, Alstom is currently participating in the government training programme for Niger Delta Youths and has proposed to train some 100 Niger Delta youths on its sites in France in electrical grid and rail transport business activities.
He explained that the goal of this initiative is to share Alstom’s expertise, raise interest for developing both electrical grid and rail transport skills, while developing local know-how to ensure local maintenance for equipment.
Kron also announced Alstom’s interest to be part of the ongoing rail infrastructure development in the country.
He said:’’ Indeed, many component units of Alstom have been associated with the development of infrastructure in Nigeria, dating back to the early post-independence era through local subsidiaries, confirming the company’s strong commitment in the country’’.
Alstom is historically recognised for its expertise in hydro power plant construction and reliability of its equipment.
Kron said Alstom currently supplies up to 30% of active equipment for power generation in Nigeria and aims to develop its presence in the country through its three business activities: power generation, rail transport and electrical grid.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.