Okowa completes inauguration of $ 250 million proton power plant in Sapele

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Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

An indigenous commercial company, Proton Energy, has expressed its determination to strengthen Nigeria’s power generation base with a 150 MW plant located in Delta State.

Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday held the groundbreaking ceremony for the $ 250 million gas-fired power plant at Ogoprode-Sapele, in the Sapele local government area, in the ‘State.

Speaking at the ceremony, Executive Vice President of Proton Energy Limited, Mr. Oti Ikomi, revealed that the plant will start operating in 2018, when most of the infrastructural, technical and electrical installations have been completed.

Ikomi also pledged that the power plant would create at least 1,000 jobs for locals from the construction stages.

He urged the relevant authorities to urgently consider a review of electricity tariffs in the country as well as a review of energy policies aimed at boosting the electricity sector in the country in the general interest of the country. economy due to the invaluable role of the sub-sector of the nation’s economy.

In his remarks, Governor Okowa stressed the need for international oil companies (OCIs to relocate their headquarters to their areas of operation in the Niger Delta, saying it was however the federal government’s responsibility to put pressure on IOCs. for them to comply.

Okowa noted that more mega-cities could evolve in the oil-producing states of the Niger Delta region, which would significantly ease the social and environmental burden on Lagos and Abuja if multinational oil companies relocate to places like Warri. or Yenagoa.

He praised Proton Energy for the Sapele power plant initiative, noting that an additional 150 MW of electricity was a welcome development in Nigeria as “our generation capacity is still very low”. despite visible efforts to increase production through several IPP projects that are popping up across the country.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Orodje of the Kingdom of Okpe, HRM Orhue I, noted that the fact that a third power station was being established in Sapele was eloquent testimony to the peaceful nature of Okpe as a people, but urged businesses in the region to give back to their people a gesture of love and peace by engaging qualified members of the local population.

Specifically, Monarch Okpe urged companies to “abide by the provisions of local (Nigerian) law which specifies that 100% of unskilled labor and 60% of skilled labor must come from the locality where an industry or business is located. ??

He lamented that the electricity supply to Sapele and other regions of Oke Kingdo continues to suffer from epilepsy and urged the Beninese Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to improve its distribution mechanism to solve the problem.

The Orodje has also advised a few families who have reportedly had legal issues regarding the land where the plant is located to withdraw these cases from court and give Porto Energy uninterrupted access to the site.

The highlight of the event was the traditional inauguration by Governor Okowa, which was witnessed by dignitaries and state government officials, including the State Commissioner of Energy, Mr. Newworld Safugha and its counterpart from the Ministry of Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, the representative of the economic director. from USAID (Initiator of the Power Africa program), Ms. Bibi Oufore, Chairman of the Board of Sapele, Chief Ejaife Odebala and senior managers of Proton Energy technical partners responsible for the infrastructural, technical and electrical aspects of the plant.


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