20 October 2013, Lagos – Mr Liu Zhao-Long, the Managing Director, China Machinery Engineering Corporation, on Friday said that the Omotosho 500 Mega Watts (MW) Power Plant in Ondo State was set for inauguration on Saturday.
Zhao-Long told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the four gas turbines would be inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said that the project would be added to the national grid.
“We are set to commission the Omotosho Phase 2. The four turbines are contributing 500MW to the national grid.
“We have completed all the test running, and we find it imperative to hand it over to government after the warranty period of a year in overseeing the plant,” Zhao-Long said.
He commended the effort of the Federal Government towards ensuring the availability of stable electricity supply to Nigerians.
NAN correspondent reports that the plant is the second of the 10 Nigerian Independent Power Projects, NIPP, under the management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd. to be inaugurated.
The 10 power plants include the already inaugurated 434MW Geregu II, Calabar 630MW, Egbema 378MW, Ihorvbor 504MW and Gbarain 252MW,
Others are Sapele 504MW, Omoku 252MW, Alaoji 1076MW, and Olorunsogo 750MW.
The project was initiated in 2004 by the then government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, under the coordination of the then Minister of Power, Liyel Imoke, now the Governor of Cross River.
But the project was abandoned between 2007 and 2009 due to funding arrangements.
NAN reports that work resumed on Omotosho power plant project in 2010.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Oct.4, inaugurated the 434MW Geregu II in Kogi.