Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, who took delivery of the consignment at the project site in Ogharefe, Ethiope West local government area, said that it was in line with the state government’s determination to generate and distribute power, having secured the operational license from the federal government.
The thirty seven container loads of the turbine components were inspected and received by the Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, who observed that 17 more containers are still being awaited by the state government.
The SSG explained that contract has already been awarded for the construction of a link road and rehabilitation of the bridge leading to the site of the project.
The ongoing Independent Power Plant (IPP) project was awarded two years ago to enable the state generate and distribute electricity to all parts of the state in a bid to tackle the challenges of irregular power supply faced by the people.
The SSG refuted insinuations that the project was taking too long to take-off, adding that there was nowhere in the world where such projects took less than a year.
“Look, I have travelled everywhere, including Germany and they told me that I was wasting my time if I wanted it done earlier than specified.
“After the study, you need nothing less than a year for the design and I can tell you that nobody has taken any Kobo in this project that has not been accounted for,” the SSG said.
Macaulay said after shopping round the world for turbine and experts, they realised that there was no where they would find ready-made turbines to purchase.
When completed, the plants would generate about 120 megawatts of electricity.