Cross River Eyes 600MW Electricity by 2022
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Cross River Government has said it was targeting a combined generation capacity of about 600MW electricity by 2022.
This was made known by the Governor, Mr Ben Ayade, who promised a quick completion of the 27MW Adiabo Power Plant at the Tinapa Business Resort, as part of efforts to boost Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
Mr Ayade, speaking while inspecting the level of work done at the power plant, said the idea was to ensure that MSMEs in the state have the opportunity to have electricity and grow the local economy.
He added that the cumulative effect of the power projects will make Calabar the first state capital that will run on steady 24-hour electricity.
“We have 27MW here with a potential to install another 27MW which gives us a combined cycle that can bring in a third. When we get to that capacity, we will be in a position to feed the national grid.
“We are considering bringing in a third party investor who will be the operator of this plant, having been installed by the main contractor, Skipperseil Group. And we are happy to announce to Nigerians that Cross River State is getting another power plant of 27MW, the one in Parliamentary Road is 23MW.
“The contractors are looking to complete this project by April next year. But I am backtracking it to December this year because my people have to have electricity in greater Calabar.
“But of course once the plant in Odukpani starts running, this one (Tinapa) runs and the one in Parliamentary runs, we will be having a combined capacity of almost 600MW generated within Calabar.
“It, therefore, means that we have to set up a state transmission line that will share power to the rest of the state all the way to the Northern Senatorial District, particularly the Obudu Cattle Ranch where we are currently doing a 3MW hydropower plant in combination with the wind system.
“So, I am focusing on energy as a way of liberating our people from the horrifying dependence on the very difficult national grid.
“And I am proud to say that a Cross Riverian is the Minister of State for Power and he is working aggressively, supporting us to see to the realization of all these power projects,” the Governor said.
Mr Ayade noted that the project was coming also at a time that the state was pushing for metropolitan fibre optic lines to power homes with smart wi-fi connectivity at a negligible cost.
“So, the catalytic combination of subsidized power alongside with the wifi services will give Calabar the 21st-century exposure we dream about and that’s where we are.
“We are at 80 per cent installation capacity. We just have few containers we are expecting to arrive shortly. By the close of the month, we should be done with all imports and focus on the 8inch gas pipeline.
“We already have the modular scrollbars installed, so we will just tap into the Savannah energy pipeline and circuit it into the system and properly socket just as we have socketed into the centre. We will socket into the electricity value chain and bring value to Cross Riverians,” he added.