Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River says the state is planning to build two megawatts of electricity in each of the 18 local government areas of the state.
Ayade said this while welcoming some investment partners, Industrial Project Services (IPS) from South Africa, who paid him a courtesy visit in Calabar.
According to Ayade, the project is expected to boost electricity supply in all the councils.
He said that the project would be completed before 2019 through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Ayade reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensuring that every local government area and every single village in the state had electricity.
He described the project as a tall ambition, noting that the project would include a combination of both renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
The governor said that the state was also considering the option of using solar for the day and gas for the night throughout the state.
“The radiation studies and baseline data for Nigeria covers copiously a spectrum of Cross River State.
“The radiation we see from literature studies shows clearly that we have high level of radiation which therefore, makes the applicability of solar, an energy source in the northern and central part of the state, viable.
“This will be the first solar power project to be undertaken in the South-South of Nigeria on commercial scale.
“And once this succeeds, it means that we would have opened the door to the real big market of Africa which is the Nigerian market.
“If you have the Nigerian market, Africa will follow. This is not going to be on the roof, we are going to have a solar farm with about two or three hectares depending on the size,’’ the governor said.
He said that the state government would create an industrial setting that would deal with power supply and solar base systems to stranded communities.
Ayade explained that the government decided to go for IPS due to its very rich history and urged them to feel at home.
Mark Philips, representative of IPS, said the company had worked on similar projects across 13 countries in Africa and two in Europe, among others.
He said IPS worked undoubtedly according to specification and in line with International standards.
IPS’s work and quality plans as well as tracking each phase and document of the project are professionally handled in line with the nine principles of project management.’’
Source: The Nation