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FG, Shell move to boost electricity supply

By Samuel Oyadongha & Yemie Adeoye
IN a move at boosting electricity supply in the country, the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has signed a multi-million dollar pipeline contract to supply more gas to power stations operating in the country.

This coincided with the inauguration, yesterday, in Abuja, of a standing committee by the Federal Ministry of Power to harness the nation’s water resources for increase in power generation for the benefit of Nigerians.

The project, which is to be completed by the end of next year, is expected to deliver 250 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the domestic gas supply system.

According to a statement issued by SPDC’s Corporate Media Relations Manager, Tony Okonedo, the contract was signed Tuesday in Port Harcourt with Daewoo Nigeria Ltd.

At the signing, SPDC’s Managing Director, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, said: “This project is of high importance to us as a company and also to the nation. Electricity is key to national development, and we are pleased to increase our capacity to supply more gas to power stations, in addition to other efforts we are making. We are grateful to NNPC and other joint venture partners for their support in these projects.”

Managing Director of Daewoo Nigeria Ltd, Ki-Pyo Hong, gave an assurance that the project will be implemented “safely and on time.”

FG inaugurates c’ttee on power

At the committee’s inauguration, Minister of State for Power, Mr. Nuhu Wya, charged its members to map out clear-cut strategies for harnessing and actualising the various small and medium level hydro-power projects across the country.

The committee’s inauguration which was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Isah  Bello Sali,  will be chaired by Mr. F.N.O.Olapade, an engineer and Deputy Director in the Ministry of Power.


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