By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS â€” The Federal Government is investing N4.6 billion to boost power supply at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The money is for the purchase of six new generators for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Contract for the supply and installation of the generators has already been awarded to Mantrac Nigeria Limited.
The project is expected to be executed in phases, with the first stage beginning with offshore sourcing that requires the opening of a letter of credit to acquireÂ necessary foreign components.
General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Mr. Akin Olukunle, who confirmed this in Lagos yesterday, said the projectâ€™s first phase had received a budget of N1 billion.
According to him, the balance of N3.6 billion will be paid next year when the project is expected to be completed.
Olukunle said the project would also include the building of a modern generator house to accommodate the six generators.
He said: â€œThe power supply of Murtala Muhammed International Airport has not been comprehensively rehabilitated since the airport was commissioned in 1978.â€
â€œCurrently, the existing 2.25MVA generators are over 30 years old and they can no longer cope with the present load demand, with increase in passenger and aircraft traffic.
â€œThe condition necessitates the upgrading of the existing generators to the 3.88MW which have all the necessary accessories to cope with the increasing load demand at the airport.
â€œIt is also envisaged that the 3.88MW capacity caterpillar generators would empower the central chillers for the cooling of the MMIA terminal in the event of failure of the primary power supply.â€
He said the installation of the giant generators would enhance the efficiency of facilities at the airport.