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Zulum, NNPC boss flag off 50mw power project in Borno

By Idowu Abdullahi

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, have flagged off 50 mega watts Maiduguri and Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP) which would address issue of power supply affecting the state after power stations were attacked twice by insurgents in 2021.

Aside from tackling the challenges of power supply, the project, as stated, would also improve gas supply the state capital and other parts of Borno such that would boost domestic gas utilization.

Speaking during the flag off on Thursday, Zulum described the groundbreaking ceremony of the project as the happiest day of his life and a huge relief to the people of Maiduguri, who have been without power supply for nine months.

According to the governor, NNPC’s commercial investments in the 50mw combined gas power plant will ultimately increase energy supply level to Maiduguri and environs, thereby impacting the state’s economy positively, when completed.

He said that the Borno State Government would do everything possible to ensure that maximum security of lives and property are guaranteed for the project implementation team and residents of the state.

“I assure you that as government, we will provide the much-needed security to ensure that this high pressure-scheduled project is completed on cost, scope and quality,” Zulum added.

On his part, Kyari assured the government and people of Borno State that the company would speedily complete the power project and ensure Maiduguri, the state’s capital and its environ were light up.

He explained that the project was as a result of a Presidential directive to provide emergency intervention to the electricity supply disruptions facing Maiduguri and environs as a result of incessant activities of insurgents.

Kyari assured the governor, and the people of Maiduguri that the project would be delivered on schedule, adding that the project would further improve NNPC’s gas utilization efforts for the socio-economic benefit of Nigerians.

“NNPC as an enabler organization is committed to the delivery of this project within schedule, and has already awarded the contract to General Electric Global (GE) for the supply of Gas Turbine, while Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) has been contracted to China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC),” Kyari stated.

Kyari noted that the project would be a model for other cities across the country following power outage in Maiduguri since January 2021 as a result of the activities of insurgents who have blown up transmission lines on at least two occasions.

It would be recalled that in August 2021, the NNPC signed an official contract with the CMEC and GE on the project. The groundbreaking ceremony signifies the official commencement of the project as the contractors have since moved to site.

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