The Edo State Government says it is targeting about 2,000 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity from the Ihovbor and Azura power plants as part of efforts to boost industrial activities in the State.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, stated this when he received the management team of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) who paid him a business visit in Benin City at the weekend.
The Azura Independent Power Plant (IPP) is a 450MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station being constructed near Benin City in Edo State, Nigeria. It is Phase 1 of a 1,500MW IPP facility. On the other hand, Ihovbor Power Plant with a generating capacity of 508MW is owned by NDPHC built under its National Integrated Power Project (NIPP)
Obaseki, equally announced plans by the State Government to seal a partnership deal with NDPHC on bulk power supply to aid industralisation in the State.
Obaseki said he was optimistic that about 2,000 MegaWatts of power could be generated from the power plants in the state in the next few years.
He explained that what was of immense concern to him was the utilisation of the power that would be generated from the power plants in the state, stressing that his administration intends to make the Sapele road axis an industrial site and an electricity generating corridor.
‘’Now that we have found electricity, what are we going to do with it? is there no opportunity for us to think of working with you directly?”. How we can bring in people who will buy bulk power and distribute it close to our people who will use it for production purpose,’’ he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director/ CEO of NDPHC, Mr. Chinedu Ugbo said Edo was a major stakeholder in power generation.
He disclosed that Obaseki is on the new board of NDPHC which is to be inaugurated soon, adding that the visit was to strengthen areas of collaboration.
He said that the company had planned seeking the state approval for the bulk power supply arrangement, and expressed delight at the governor’s support which has opened a new vista of opportunities.
Ugbo maintained that Edo is host to one of the big plants which is located along the Benin by-pass which has enjoyed the cooperation of the host community in ensuring a peaceful business environment.
He listed some of the challenges affecting the company in the state to include irregular gas supply and power offtake which affects electricity distribution to consumers.