Despite multiple promises, FG yet to commissioned Katsina 10MW wind power project
Despite multiple promises from the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal government, the 10 megawatts (MW) Katsina wind power plant located in Lambar Rimi community is yet to be commissioned.
Katsina Post recalled that while briefing officials of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and a delegation from the Katsina state government, the consultant and Assistant Project Manager for O.T. Otis Engineering earlier in March this year, Pius Onyenagubo said the plant could come alive at the end of the month.
The Project began in 2010 and became stalled after a French contractor was abducted. Officials had reported 95 percent in 2015 but was not completed.
Mr. Pius Onyenagubo also said installation of 15 wind turbines are 100 percent completed while the team awaits materials in a few weeks to fully install 19 other turbines.
Responding, the Katsina state governor who was represented by the Special Adviser on energy and power, Engr. Mansur Mohammed Musa, re-assured of their commitment to seeing the project commissioned.
He said, “If it’s realized, it will improve the social and economic life of the people as the situation of power in Katsina is really bad.”
“The demand estimated is about 100MW but we hardly get 30MW to 50MW which is inadequate and we need projects like this to come on and add to the capacity,” Musa noted.
It could also be recalled that the Emir of Katsina, HRH. Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and solicited for the Federal Government support in various developmental projects in his emirate domain which include the power project when he (the president) paid him a homage visit in his palace at Kofar Soro in Katsina metropolis in May 2016.
In March 2017 also, the Federal executive council led by President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the consultancy and project management contract for the Katsina Wind Energy Farm project.
The minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola revealed that the extension was necessitated by challenges faced in the course of executing the project that was awarded in 2010 and expected to be completed in 2013.
“The expatriate implementing the project was kidnapped and when he was eventually rescued he never came back and that delayed the project. But we have revived the project; a new contracting team is back on site.
“The contract of the consultants representing us has expired and so we are extending his contract to cover new period of completion,’’ he said.