By KUNLE KALEJAYE
The Federal and Lagos State governments are collaborating on the establishment of a 700 Mega Watt, mw power barges in various parts of the state to provide emergency power solutions within the next one year.
Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Taofik Tijani, who disclosed this recently, said Lagos was chosen by the Federal Government for the establishment of the power barges because the state had all the facilities and infrastructure for transmission and supply of power to the national grid.
“Work has started and we have visited the areas, basically, around Ijora, Akoka and Egbin, where they are going to deploy these power barges. There is a joint committee of Federal Government and Lagos State Government on power projects development.
There have been a lot of engagements between officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and the Federal Ministry of Power. As we go along, the emergency power solutions will be actualised very soon. We have all these collaborations in an effort to achieve a stable power supply for Lagos State,” he said.
The commissioner stated that his ministry was also collaborating with the British Department for International Development, DFID, and the World Bank for the provision of support services to both his ministry and the Lagos State Electricity Board.
He added that a group of investors led by Califco Group has planned to inject about $2 billion (N320 billion) into a project that would see significant improvement in power generation in Nigeria by 2000MW within the next five years.
“Hopefully, when the ongoing power reform is completed, Lagos State will get the distribution permit to supply power from the captive power plant at Marina to parts of Victoria Island. It was a very good engineering feat, completed on record time and working perfectly well. It is a thermal plant being run by Compressed Natural Gas, CNG.
The Alausa plant is about to be completed with an intention to supply 10MW to Alausa Secretariat and all adjoining areas,” he said.