20 October 2008 – In a bid to realise its goal of establishing a 100 megawatts Independent Gas Turbine Power Plant, the Bauchi State Government of Nigeria has engaged the services of a German firm, Alston Company, to handle the power project. The time of completion is 18 months.
The German firm has agreed to carry out maintenance and regular servicing of all installations, training of local engineers and provision of spare parts for the project.
The plant was meant to supply 100 megawatts of electricity to the state, which is 25 megawatts above the power requirement of the state. This is in addition to the existing four megawatts being provided by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Bauchi, which was recently ranked the most investment friendly state by the World Bank, is the first northern state to embark on Independent Power Project.
Alston Company has begun site inspection.