Sokoto State Government on Wednesday commenced the test running 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 megawatts and a maximum of 38 megawatts.
The Chief Operating Officer of the contracting firm, Vulcan Elvaton Ltd, Mr. Franklin Ngbor, told newsmen during the test run that the turbine of the project had already tested three times.
He said: “What remains now is the synchronization 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 liters 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.
This, he noted, was to make the fuel supply cheaper, more sustainable and ensuring maximum operations of the plant.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, 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 SSG added: ”The state will be enjoying nearly 24-hour power supply when the plant becomes fully operational.
“This is a project that is worth celebrating as the power supply in Nigeria will be bolstered with the injection of 38 megawatts to the national grid.
“This will also eventually boost the socioeconomic landscape in the state, curb poverty, restiveness and unemployment, among other myriad of direct and indirect benefits.”