….To Commission 175MW Unit In December 2019
The Federal Government has expressed its commitment to the speedy execution of the Zungaru hydro Power Plant project due to its economic benefits. To this end the government said it will continue to ensure the release of its counterpart funds.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola disclosed at the weekend when visited the Dam site on an inspection tour of the project.
The minister who expressed satisfaction at the level of job done so far, stated that although the contract for the 700 megawatts Zungaru hydro power plant was signed in 2013 nothing much was done, until the present administration came on board.
Fashola who was represented by the Director General Services, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMoPWH), Abubarkar Dan Galadima, stated that the project has continued to record progress owing to the sincerity of purpose of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He attributed the advanced stage of the project to the release of government’s counterpart funds by the administration.
“From what we have gathered from the contractors the work is going on smoothly they don’t have any hindrance as far as funding is concern and within the shortest possible time I think we will be able to achieve the desired goal of adding 700MW to the national grid which will go a long way in providing electricity in the country,” he said.
Speaking on the economic benefits of the project to the immediate community he said, “Fundamentally, from the beginning this project creates jobs for the inhabitants and we are told that about 80 per cent of the workforce of the entire project are Nigerians.”
Asked if he is satisfied with the level of work done so far, he said, “Yes, the level of job done is very encouraging, in appreciation of the amount of money advanced to the company handling the job.
“The most import thing in project implementation is for you to come to site and see work going on and the work as you can see is ongoing that means the government is not relenting in its commitment and also the contractor are doing a very good job to ensure that its competed on time.”
Earlier, the Project Manager, Engr. Babatunde Adewumi, told the minister’s representative and his team that the project is 51 per cent completed.
“In terms of the over all completion the project is 51 per cent completed based on the fact that the reservoirs are set but the structural part is significantly advanced,” he said.
According to him, the project when completed is expected to add over 2,600 gagawatts hours energy capacity to nation’s electricity supply.
On the project completion he said, “The contractor has committed to a completion date arising from his contract of the last unit of the plant in December 2020.
“There are four turbine units, the first unit is expected to be commissioned in December 2019 while the last unit is December 2020.”
“The first unit of 175MW will be delivered in December 2019 and the additional 3 units will be delivered within a period of three month interval thereafter. So the full potential of the project will be delivered in December 2020,” he said.
Also speaking Director Transmission, FMoPWH, Engr. Nosike Emmanuel expressed satisfaction with the level of work done by the contractor.
“They have done very impressively, am impressed by what they have done.
“What ordinary eye may not see is that the initial work they have done is the determinants towards the completion of the project.
“So they have done greater job than what normal e can see. From our assessment the technical aspect proves that they have gone far with the job
“With what we are seeing now assures us that in the next few months if you come here you will be surprised.
“We are confident that they will complete the job within the agreed time frame,” he said.