The N3.8 billion Independent Power Project during a test-run in Sokoto by the state government
Sokoto State Government has conducted a test run of its N3.8 billion Independent Power Project (IPP), whose contract was awarded in November, 2008.
The project has the installed capacity of a minimum of 30 and maximum of 38 megawatts.
Mr Franklin Ngbor, the Chief Operating Officer of the contracting firm, Vulcan Elvaton Ltd, , told newsmen during the test run on Wednesday that the turbine of the project had already tested three times.
“What remains now is the synchronisation of the plant with the fuel tank and the main evacuation line, down to the transmission line.
“The plant when fully completed, finally fired and integrated into the national grid, can work for five consecutive years nonstop.
“It is only after it works for five years that it can be shut down for routine maintenance.”The Director-General of the project, Mr Umar Bande stated that, the plant has a dual type turbine that can use diesel, gas or LPFO.
According to Umar, the plant was now being test run on diesel, saying “it consumes 33,000 litres per day.” The D-G stated that, the state government would however sign a fuel supply security agreement with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or other major oil firms.
Prof. Bashir Garba, The Secretary to the State Government, said that an agreement will be signed between the state government and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on the evacuation of the power to the national grid. Garba explained that the project was necessitated by the epileptic power supply to the state from the national grid.
“The state will be enjoying nearly 24-hour power supply when the plant becomes fully operational.“This will also eventually boost the socioeconomic landscape in the state, curb poverty, restiveness and unemployment, among other myriad of direct and indirect benefits.” He said.