By Emma Okonji
Contec Global Energy Limited (CONTEC Global) has signed an agreement with the Benue State government to establish a 10megawatts gas-based power station in the state.
When completed, it is expected to boost the efforts of the state government in resuscitating its industrial sector through the supply of constant and stable electricity supply in the state.
The power plant, said to be the first of its kind in the region, will generate and supply electricity to the Benue Industrial Estate located in Makurdi, the state capital.
At a recent meeting with the state governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, and his deputy, Benson Abounu, as well as members of his cabinet, CONTEC Global offered an initial proposal to establish a 2mw power station, which was later upgraded to 10mw by a six-member committee set up by the governor for effective coverage of the industrial estate.
CONTEC’s Project Manager (Energy), Dr. Sashi Mozumder, who gave details of the project, said the gas-based power generation project to be established in Benue State is primed to commence in 180 days after all preliminary paper and administrative works on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are completed.
Meanwhile, the government has taken the lead on this with the provision of a five hectares land space for the power station.
“We are currently working on the initial MoU, pre-feasibility study, benefit- cost analysis, among other preliminary preparations towards the commencement of the project, which is scheduled to begin within 180 days. With this, we shall be able to deliver the first electricity to the estate in the next 12 months,”Mozumder said.
He also disclosed that CONTEC had acquired the requisite approval from the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to this effect.
On how the power plant will be getting its gas supply, he said, “We shall be feeding the Benue power plant with gas supplies from Anambra State. Although, this is a huge task, we have the capacity to do it.”
According to him, “mobilising equipment to the site is about the
simplest aspect of the project, hence assured that they can deliver
the first 2mw in the next six months and later upgrade to 10mw within
the next 12 months.”
The Benue Industrial Estate is designed to host not less than 50 industries with the capacity to provide an immediate employment to over 10,000 people if fed with the electricity.
But at the moment, the estate is not fed with any form of electricity.
CONTEC energy is already in Onitsha, Anambra State
offering similar support and is in touch with several other states
including Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, and the Federal Capital Territory, Anuja and others, towards providing energy solutions for them.