Cross River Takes Delivery Of 20 Megawatts Power Generating Equipment
The Cross River State Government, at the weekend, took delivery of equipment for the construction of a 20 Megawatts power plant with a view to achieving 24-hour power supply in Calabar.
On hand to receive the equipment at the Parliamentary Extension in Calabar was the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade and some key government officials.
Ayade, in excitement, told journalists that the delivery showed that the Memoranda of Understanding he has been signing were coming into fruition.
He pointed out the equipment were designed to run economically and will aid the state arrest the issues surrounding power supply to drive an industrialized local economy.
“All of those my trips in my first year in office when we were still trying to do agenda setting for the government, one of the greatest achievements we had in one of those MoU’s was to have an embedded power generation for Cross River State.
"I am happy to announce to you today that we are taking delivery of 20 Megawatts equipment for embedded power generation for the city of Calabar.
“As we all can see, it is an ongoing operation, delivering a Ruston low spin power system with dual fuel usage. It has the luxury of using gas or it could use diesel. If it is using diesel, the consumption is far less. You can almost approximate 25 percent of diesel, in other words what you have here is a special engine designed to run with a minimal consumption of diesel” Ayade said.
"The governor who also disclosed that 5 more containers laden with equipment are scheduled to arrive soon after the initial delivery of 5, also highlighted how the project will enhance security in Calabar especially as the Calabar festival is fast approaching.
"The whole street lights are gong to be connected to this grid and we are going to pick up the diesel engines from the streets and then link all the street lights so that Calabar South up to Anantigha, Atimbo and all those areas including 8 Miles, Nassarawa will be lit up,” he said.
Continuing, he said the equipment was “specially designed for economy and also for uninterrupted power supply. So what will happen ultimately is that Cross River State and Calabar in particular will have uninterrupted power supply, which means perhaps Calabar will be the first state capital to have uninterrupted power supply in the country.
“We are beginning to convert the many MoU we signed to full action, all the MOU are taking the breath of life. I can guarantee the people of Calabar that in 3 months from today we would have finished the installation and Cross River State will enjoy steady supply of electricity.”
Applauding Cross Riverians for being mature in their payment of bills which places the state at the zenith of civility in terms of voluntary payment of electricity tariffs, Ayade said the state will ensure the protection of consu