Lagos — The chairman of the board of directors of Egbin Power Plc, Mr Temitope Shonubi, has disclosed that the Egbin power plant has the capacity to evacuate 860 megawatts, MW, of power but is currently evacuating only 500MW.
He made this known as the company showcased its preparedness to roll out electric vehicles and bicycles for use at the power plant by its workers as part of its contribution to the Federal Government’s alternative energy drive.
Shonubi said in a statement by the company that the idea was to encourage clean energy use and ensure safety of the environment, adding that 20 buses and 500 bicycles would be brought into use for workers within the Egbin facility.
According to him, every walk-to-work, bike-to-work and drive in electric buses in the Egbin premises will remove emission of 3.78 metric tonnes per day of carbon dioxide from about 150 cars, amounting to 1,379.7 metric tonnes per year.
He maintained that the question to be asked concerning the use of the electric vehicles is how this will work in the face of poor power supply in the country. “The question people will ask is that I don’t even have electricity, so how can I use electricity for my car? I would assure you that with what the minister (of state for Petroleum) has said and at the end of the day, we will play our role.
“Once the TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria) can evacuate the power we are generating; it simply means that there will be more power out there,” he said.