The Omotosho Power Plant Phase 2 in western Nigeria is ready to contribute 120 megawatts to the national grid, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited has said.
James Olotu, the Managing Director of the company, owners of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), made this disclosure on Thursday in Lagos after an inspection of some NIPP power plants in the South-West.
Olotu said Unit 2 of the four units in Omotosho was ready to contribute 120 megawatts into the national grid while the other three units would come on stream soonest.He said on-going successes recorded in the NIPP power project was in line with the transformation and power sector reform agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
“One of the units in the Omotosho power plant phase 2 now contributes 120 megawatts to the national grid.“We are working seriously to ensure all power plants under the NIPP commence operations before the end of the year,’’ Olotu said.
The NDPHC boss said the NIPP would ensure that all power projects were completed within the stipulated time frame.He commended China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for its dedication and commitment towards delivering power to Nigerians within a short period.“We have gone round the power plant in Omotosho and we are very impressed with the fast development we observed in the place.“The commissioning of the power plants installation and the housing estate was supposed to be delivered within 75 days from today, but through hard work we are delivering it in the next few days to come,’’ Olotu said.
He said Nigerians should be rest assured that the days of total darkness were getting shorter and shorter.“Light is here and every single month we will ensure effective power delivery to Nigerians in all NIPP projects across the country,’’ the NDPHC Managing Director said.
Mr Liu Zhao-Long, Managing Director of China Machinery Engineering Corporation, lauded the Nigerian government support and promised to ensure that Nigerians are the major workforce in the company.He said the company currently has a workforce of about 1,000 personnel, of which the Nigerian workforce is about 700. Zhao-Long said there were lots of challenges confronting the projects, but quickly added that they were surmounted with the support of the NIPP and Federal Government. “We are going to ensure that all projects within our custody are completed within the stipulated timeframe.“We have well-trained Nigerians and we equally train some to fit in into the system, which is part of our responsibility,’’ he said.
The Omotosho power plant phase 2 which was started in 2010 was built by the Chinese, with four units and a capacity of 500 megawatts.