The Lagos State Government will launch two Independent Power Plants in the state next month. These include a newly built 10.4mw plant at Alausa, Ikeja and the Island Power Expansion of the Lagos Island.
Speaking at an interactive session with reporters yesterday, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofiq Tijani, said the Alausa IPP would run on environment-friendly natural gas from gas Link Limited.
According to him, it would power the State Secretariat Complex, Lagos television (LTV8), Lagos State Printing Corporation, the state Council of Arts and Culture, Office of the Surveyor-General, the proposed Multi-Agency Complex and the Staff Quarters
On the benefits of conservation of energy, he said self- generation of energy was on the increase and required government intervention to forestall problems associated with energy emission.
He said: “The practice of self-generation translates to a total consumption of approximately 162,000 litres of diesel per day, resulting in an alarming 178lbs of carbon dioxide emission per household per day in Lagos.”
“So, we are persuaded our intervention was needful. We are, however, conscious of the fact that our intervention must not be seen as yet another quick fix that will never stand the test of time.”
He also said the intervention has become the responsibility for the maintenance of the power infrastructure as the collective asset of the people.”
Information from The Nation was used in this report.