Prof. Bart Nnaji
By Adebiyi Adedapo
The first privately power generating plant in the country, Geometric Power Link, located in Aba, Abia State, is set to commence operation by March 2013.
Managing Director of the Plant, and wife of former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, Mrs. Agatha Nnaji, told the National Good Governance Team on a visit to the site that the generation and distribution sections of the plant were fully ready to be fired.
Nnaji stated that the 140-megawatt capacity plant would be fired into operation in March, adding that the plant would supply power to Aba and its environs.
She stated that all the major and ancillary work had been completed and that the three turbines at the power plant had been installed and the gas supply pipeline from Shell Petroleum facility close to the plant had been completed.
“We have completed all the major works on this project; we have laid the pipeline for the supply of gas to the plant. The distribution facility is also near completion, so by March, the first turbine will be fired and the remaining two will follow shortly,” she said.
Nnaji also said the company had completed the construction of four substations at different locations in Abia and planned to refurbish three substations that were bought over from PHCN.
The Good Governance Team also visited the 1,074MW capacity Alaoji Power plant, which is expected to service Imo, Abia, and Rivers states. The 1st and 2nd units of the Geometric turbines were said to be launched already, while the 3rd and 4th is ready to be unveiled.
The first four units of the turbines are expected to be fully operational by June 2013 to 504 megawatts power supply.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has condemned Valance Nigeria Ltd. the contractor handling Ohiya transmission power plant in Umuahia over the unavailability of the second transformer for the 2 x40 MVA 132/33Kv expected to transmit 64 megawatts of power supply.
The unavailability of the transformer hampered the functioning of the transmission plant and it could only power 32 megawatts.
Maku said the team would intimate the Minister of power on the development for appropriate action and to ensure that the contractor gets back to site. “We are not happy that the contractor is not on site, and six months after the unveiling of the power sub-station, one of the transformers is still not working,” he said.
The minister also frowned at the tattered national flag mounted at the entrance of the site, describing it as an indication of un-patriotism and dereliction of management duty. “This is unacceptable, I am sure the National Orientation Agency has enough flags to go round the country, disciplinary action will be taken on this,” he added.