Hopes that the long delayed construction of the 3,050MW Mambilla hydropower project in Taraba State will resume soon were raised yesterday when a ‘No Objection’ certificate from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) landed on the desk of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola, Daily Trust reports.

The minister said with the no objection certificate’s arrival, the ministry was ready to go forward and seek the Federal Executive Council’s [FEC] approval for the contract to be awarded. It will be recalled that in June last year, the Power Ministry said government agreed to use two Chinese firms, Gezhouba Construction Group Corporation (CGGC) and Sinohydro Corporation for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction [EPC] contract of the project, said to be the largest yet in West Africa.

A director in the ministry said the project cost was reviewed as “The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has valued the project at $5.732billion (about N1.140trn).” He said the project’s contract is for a period of 63 months after it is flagged off, including 12 months for a Defect Liability Period (test running) before it is handed over.