There is an indication that the 80 megawatts Dutse solar power plant in Jigawa State would commence power generation and transmission to national grid by the last quarter of 2017.
This emerged as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and manufacturers of giant generators, Mantrac caterpillar, have entered into partnership to put an end to power outages at the country’s airports.
The Managing Director NOVA SCOTIA Power Development Limited, which is executing the project, Mr. Amit Modi, said that the company would spend $150 million for the construction of the generating plant sited at the outskirts of the state capital, Dutse.
Amit added that the company, in collaboration with its technical partners, had committed to all terms of agreement signed for the establishment of the power plant.
According to him, they had already settled all the land compensation and would soon commence the civil and technical work, stressing that if “everything goes normal by last quarter of 2017 we will start transmission to national grid.”
The Governor of the state, Muhammadu Badaru, described the project as timely and something that would enhance the state government’s policy on “Investment Promotion Strategy.”
Badaru said: “Presently a number of national and foreign investors have indicated interest to invest in our state, the provision of this power project will certainly serve as moral booster to the investors.
“Due to the importance we attached to your project, we have done everything within the state and federal to facilitate all necessary documentations, and we vow to support you until the project sees the light of the day,” he added.
He appealed to the NOVA company to look at the possibility of completing the project in the first half of 2017 to enable the state enjoy more patronage from local and foreign investors.
The Managing Director, FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, stated that the partnership would help to bring lasting solution to the series of power outages, noting that in the event of any power failure, FAAN had these generators backups to power the terminals.
Dunoma said: “I am sure you saw the Caterpillar people that came to visit us as well .They are the manufacturers of these equipment so their visit further gives us the assurance not just to us but also to the populace and the stakeholders that we have the backup system in case of any failure be rest assure that these generators will perform.
“Definitely, steady power supply from PHCN and in case of failure we have the backup systems in place that is stable, reliable and very efficient.. As part of the long lasting solution to the power outage, the agency has re-routed most of its cable that passed through the construction site adding that FAAN does not expect any power outage to happen again at the terminal.
“It could be as a result of system failure on the entire network in the nation and a time we have construction work going on in MMA here, which often lead to our cables being cut and in response to that, we use these generators as backups.
“The visit to FAAN by the caterpillar team showed that there is hope for the sector in terms of power improvement. It goes a long way to say that the relationship between us has been fruitful and the equipment can stand the test of time.
“Not only did they come, we also used them in their presence and even in Abuja facilities we have it as well. So, just to assure the public that there is really nothing to worry about. We may have hiccups here and there but surely power outage is a thing of the past,” he stated.
The Caterpillar Vice President, for Asia Pacific, CIS, Africa and Middle East Distribution Division, Mr. Raymond Chan, said: “I am extremely excited to be here, I am very happy with what I have seen so far. I see beautiful generator sets here. They are six units and four megawatts each and they produce 24 megawatts for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
“I am very proud together with the dealers MANTRAC that we have the opportunity to provide our service to Nigeria especially for very important infrastructure, providing critical standby power to airport. These are very expensive, these are very good machines, sets and they are not cheap,” he stressed.
Source: Independent Nigeria