Seized €156m equipment at Onne Port stalls Kaduna’s 245Mw power station

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The Senate was, yesterday, told that vital equipment meant for the completion of the 245 Megawatts Kaduna Power Plant have been rotting away in Onne Port, Rivers State since early 2015, and that this has stalled effective take off of the power station, Vanguard reports.

The Senate was also told that the contract for the Kaduna Power Plant project located at Kudenda, Kaduna State, was awarded to EPC Consortium on November 19, 2009, with completion set  for the fourth quarter of 2017, which had now been shifted to second quarter of 2018. The upper chamber was also told that the 156 million Euros (about N54bn) power plant, which ought to have been completed since 2014, was fast becoming a white elephant project.

These were disclosed to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe-led Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, which was on tour of power installations in Kaduna as part of the committee’s oversight function. Director of Distribution in the Ministry of Power, Priscilla Sapke, said there were repeated appeals to the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Onne, Rivers State, but lamented that the plea fell on deaf ears. According to her, NPA seized 19 containers with accessories critical to the installation of Kaduna Power Plant.