In West Africa, the Manufacturers Development Company LTD (MPDC), a subsidiary of the Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN), has signed a bulk purchase agreement with Tower Aluminium Nigeria Plc for an independent power plant to be located at Henry Carr industrial cluster in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Speaking to local media the Daily Trust at the signing ceremony, a representative from MAN said the plant will be completed in six months as they have secured the full support of the Nigerian Electricity Commission and the endorsement of the minister for power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Independent power plant to boost supply
The chairman of the board of directors of MPDC, engineer Ibrahim Usman said: “What we experience currently is constant interruption, costly supplies which have made planning difficult and production expensive. What we have under this pilot arrangement is a 24-hour supply.”
Usman continued: “It is a happy occasion for us, and we are glad that towers has agreed to partner with us first with six megawatts which we hope to upgrade to 10 megawatts in the shortest possible time.”
With regards for possible expansion to other parts of the country, he said: “There is no one model for the whole country. We are looking at it cluster by cluster and each cluster has its own peculiarities.
“For example, we have gas there already. As they have told us, they are already producing 35 megawatts combined and they are ready to deploy more on implemented basis. But, if for example we are going to a place, for example say in the north, where there is no gas, we will be talking of solar, biomass, and we may even be talking of wind or hydro. So, it all depends.”
Power outages in Lagos
In a separate statement, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) announced on Monday that power supply would be disrupted in many parts of Lagos this week due to planned maintenance.
EKEDC spokesman, Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement that the outage would affect Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island from Wednesday to Sunday.
Idemudia said the outage was to enable maintenance crew from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) address technical and maintenance issues at Alagbon transmission station.
“We want to inform our esteem customers that from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, May 28, there will be an outage within Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island.
“This is to enable TCN maintenance crew resolve some technical issues within Alagbon transmission stations,” EKEDC stated.
He promised that supply would be restored to the affected areas as soon as the maintenance was successfully completed.