The 10 megawatts (MW) Katsina State wind-powered plant is currently at 98 percent completion level and it will be ready for commissioning in June, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali has said. Igali, speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, said that the test running of the facility has since begun, with five out of the thirty-seven turbines successfully operated.
Igali said that government was committed to ensuring the smooth running of this pilot scheme, adding that plans were afoot to replicate it in the Northern region where wind velocity is high.
He said that the harnessing of wind resource was an integral part of the newly approved national policy on sustainable energy and energy efficiency.
It would be recalled that the delay experienced in the completion of the Katsina Wind-Power Project was occasioned by the ugly incident of kidnapping of a France national who was in charge of the project and the need to subsequently engage another French company to complete the project.
He explained that the wind-farm was only one component of the renewable energy programme of the federal government.
He said that the project was boosted with the approval, Wednesday, by the Federal Executive Council, of the first-ever National Policy on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
The permanent secretary enumerated other renewable energy projects comprising the small, medium, large hydros as well as solar-power projects and biomass
He also said that the government has put in place measures to check the menace of power infrastructure vandalism, appealing to communities and new owners of power facilities to be vigilant and expose the activities of vandals.
(culled from Daily trust)