During a site inspection at the Kaduna Power Plant in Nigeria, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola was informed that four out of the eight turbines at the plant are completed and ready to be powered.
Sunny Okwedi, the Project Manager of Rockson Engineering Limited, assured the Minister that work at the power plant is making steady progress.
Media cited Okwedi stating that the engineering work on the project is 98% completed, procurement 93% and construction 76%.
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He said that the four completed turbines would not be switched on until the Power Control Motor (PCM) was installed with the switch yard commissioned.
“I cannot say exactly when the four completed turbines will be switched on because we have a management change; there is a receiver manager that just came in.
“The installation of the PCM and the commissioning of the switch yard are important to power the turbines and those contracts have to be reactivated before we can make headway,” said Okwedi.
He continued: “We have done the cabling works, the pipe connection, the fuel tank with the switch yard and its control building almost completed.
“The PCM is already on site and from the discussion with our receiver managers, we are going to start the process of installation by next week.”
Kaduna Power Plant progress
Speaking during a press briefing, Fashola said there have been some improvements when compared to his previous visit last year.
“If you look back at where we were a year and a half ago when I came here, there has been progress. Some things that were not started have started, some things that were not finished have finished. And it just needs to have everything put together.
“It was essentially the way these things were procured. Some have moved faster than others and there are lessons to be learnt. I am pleased that there is progress.”