Assistant to Vice-President on Media & Publicity quoted Sambo to have given the comment during an inspection tour of the project located in Kudendan industrial area.
According to him, he has been reliably informed and has confirmed that the project was about 84% completion and by December this year, power would be generated from the power plant.
“I want to assure all Nigerians that Mr. President is keeping his transformation agenda and his promise to the people in Kaduna State and to the people in the northern part of the country and that we are doing everything to transform this part of the country and to ensure that power is provided to the industrial area of this part of Nigeria,” he said.
A representative of Sewa Ltd, the consultancy firm handling the project, Mr Iian Appleby who briefed the Vice President said the EPC Contract as a whole cost N23 billion and would meet the December
timeline when it would be commissioned on a start up with diesel fuel. Appleby noted that the 215mw plant is a dual fired station with eight turbines capable of being powered by Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) andLiquiefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). “Generally, mechanical process of the turbine installation is far
reached and the civil works is at 80 percent,” he added. He stated that a 132/32KV transmission station is also being constructed alongside a 33KV distribution line which is about 83
percent completed, and switch yard that is 82 percent finished. While the substation will evacuate power to the industrial area and Mando substation, it will also link up to Gurara line as a feeder to
the national grid, he stated.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo commended the Vice President for his visit to the site adding that it will result in significant power stability in the axis adding that similar project in Taraba
state will be happening soon. Namadi who also acknowledged the support of the Kaduna state
government towards the project and the presence of the Acting Governor of Taraba State said Kashimbilla Hydropower in the state is almost completed.
He said the 40mw multi-purpose dam will cater to irrigation and check flooding arising from any overflow from Cameroon. He added that the Water Resource Ministry has completed the design and survey for the construction of Mambilla hydropower project still in Taraba state.
“It will start soon and when completed, it will bring in 3050mw, to be the largest power plant in West Africa,” Namadi said.
Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Chairman Senate Committee on Power Senator Phillip Aduda expressed his satisfaction with the level of work done on the project, which he said on completion would bring about more industrialization and revamp the economy.