The Federal government has unveiled plans to build eight power plants with 28.6 megawatts (MW) of electricity for 224,800 people across eight federal universities and a teaching hospital.
A document guideline obtained by the Daily Trust from the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) revealed that the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing endorsed the Energising Education Programme (EEP) to ensure reliable power across 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals in the six geopolitical zones.
The Energy Audits showed that 224,800 beneficiaries including students, staff, and community residents have been captured in the first phase of 28.6MW of electricity across nine universities and one teaching hospital from the six geopolitical zones.
The Phase I projects include solar hybrid plants and gas-powered plants. The seven solar hybrid plants will include 0.5MW plant at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; 3MW at Bayero University, Kano; and 2MW at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
The other solar plants are 3.5MW at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi; 1MW at Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi state; 2MW plant at Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, and a 0.5MW solar plant at Federal University of Petroleum, Delta state.
However, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and OAU Teaching Hospital both in Osun state will get an 8mw gas-powered plant while the University of Lagos will get another 8MW gas-powered plant.
The pact between the nine institutions and the REA for the phase I was signed in June 2017 while the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory (NERC) granted the Permits on November 13, 2017, to the agency to operate the captive power plants, the agency said.
On sustaining the Phase I projects, the agency said the federal government will fund a one-year Operations and Maintenance (O&M) while the contractors continue the process for another nine years.
The programme which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP) and the Power Sector Reform Programme (PSRP) seeks to reduce the energy costs especially on diesel fuel in the sites.