The Cross River State Government has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with a consortium of energy firms led by Siemens to deliver a 750-megawatts power plant in the state.
It said in a statement on Wednesday that the project would be deployed through ship-mounted turbines, with an 18-month timeline.
The government stated that 40 megawatts of electricity would be delivered in the next three months through a truck-mounted turbine as an emergency measure.
The Lead Consultant and Chief Executive Officer, African Discovery Group, Mr. Alan Kessler, was quoted as saying the power would be delivered at no cost to the state.
He said, “The system is, of course, free of charge and it will not offer any upfront cost to the people and government of Cross River State. The ship will berth nearby and power can be conducted into the grid.
“At the end of the century, Nigeria will have more people than the United States; you need electricity to grow.”
Kessler stressed the need to fix the power problem in order to industrialise the country.
He said, “We are replacing the hull of the ship (based in Singapore) with turbines from Siemens, and it runs on natural gas, which you have in abundance in your region to power the 42 individual turbines that will generate 750MW and plug into your grid.”
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who described the partnership as a dream come true, said, “I am happy that this project does not come at any cost to us. I’m happy that one of the key emphases is to provide uninterrupted power supply, and Cross River will soon be listed as the first state with 24/7 power supply in the country.”
On the proposed emergency power supply, Ayade appealed to the consortium to make the proposed 40MW truck-mounted turbine power to come on stream in two months so as to complement the 21MW embedded plant, which would soon be inaugurated.