By Akpobor Jirue Abuja
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari has assured the people of Borno state that the Maiduguri & Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP), an emergency program designed to provide electricity to the state capital and its environ will be delivered on schedule.
Kyari stated that the 50mw combined gas power plant project was initiated following a presidential directive to provide emergency intervention to the electricity supply disruptions facing Maiduguri and environs as a result of incessant activities of insurgents.
Kyari said the project would further improve NNPC’s gas utilization efforts for the socio-economic benefit of Nigerians.
“NNPC as an enabler organization is committed to the delivery of this project within schedule, and has already awarded the contract to General Electric Global (GE) for the supply of Gas Turbine, while Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) has been contracted to China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC),” Kyari stated.
Kyari noted that the project would be a model for other cities across the country.
On his part the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum described the ground-breaking ceremony held in Maiduguri on Thursday as the happiest day of his life. He described the event as a huge relief to the people of Maiduguri, who have been without power supply for nine months.
Governor said the NNPC’s commercial investments in the 50mw combined gas power plant will ultimately increase energy supply level to Maiduguri and environs, thereby impacting the state’s economy positively, when completed.
He said the Borno State Government will do everything possible to ensure that maximum security of lives and property are guaranteed for the project implementation team and residents of the state.
“I assure you that as government, we will provide the much-needed security to ensure that this high pressure-scheduled project is completed on cost, scope and quality,” Governor Zulum added.
Maiduguri has been without power supply since January 2021 as a result of the activities of insurgents who have blown up transmission lines on at least two occasions.
In August 2021, the NNPC signed an official contract with the CMEC and GE on the project. The groundbreaking ceremony signifies the official commencement of the project as the contractors have since moved to site.