A new era is set to unfold in efforts to promote local capacities in the power sector, as the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) yesterday announced a new resolve to use Nigerian universities to monitor the construction of power plants, The Guardian reports.
NBET sealed an agreement with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Benin (UNIBEN), to monitor and ensure that the construction of Azura Power Plant is to a world class level and meets all international standards. Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, who supervised the signing of the agreement in Abuja, described it as a milestone, which other Nigerian universities should emulate and also noted that this would allow the country to save funds on foreign consultancy firms which might have been engaged in the past.
This is the first of its kind in using Nigerian universities to provide technical oversight in the construction of any power plant in Nigeria. The Azura-Edo IPP is a 450-500mw gas-fired open cycle power plant located in the northeastern outskirts of Benin City in Edo State with an estimated project cost of $700 million.