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FG to Address Power Deficit – Minister

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The Minister of Power, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu says the Federal Government is addressing the power deficit by using alternative energy sources, such as windfall, solar and mini-grids.

Adelabu, represented by Mr Abdulrasheed Lawal, Director Procurement, Ministry of Power said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the presentation of the proposed 30 Megawatts (MW) Windfall And Solar Hybrid Project at Lekki, Lagos.

Our correspondent reports that the project after necessary appraisal would be executed by Crown Resources Development Company Limited (CREDCO) in collaboration with ppVergnet; a French Wind Turbine Company, based in France.

He said, “We are aware that presently there is an energy deficit in the country, so we are doing everything possible to address the issue by investing in alternative sources.”

”We have to think out of the box to achieve energy sufficiency; we have to look at using mini-grids, solar, and wind to achieve this.”

”We are already doing 10MW using Windfall in Katsina and we are trying to replicate the same in Lagos to ensure reliable and steady power supply in the country,” he said.

On his part, Mr Barney Ojiah, Chief Executive Officer of CREDCO, said that they were in the Ministry of power to make a presentation on the project and to discuss how to further improve the power supply for Nigerians.

He emphasized that power was important in the lives of all Nigerians no matter how it comes.

”This is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Power and CREDCO on how to achieve reliable and steady power supply,” he said.

Also, Mr Frederic Cheve, Subsidiaries Manager, Africa, Vergnet while making his presentation said that the project was a renewable and innovative solution to Lagos’s energy need.

According to him, the project aims to harness the abundant wind and solar resources to generate clean and reliable power while mitigating the risks associated with relying on a single source of energy.

He said that the proposed capacity of the project was 20/30 megawatts wind and solar hybridized system.

Cheve, who said the project would be developed in phases, added it would have a number of significant benefits for Lagos and the country.

He listed the benefits to include improved energy security and grid stability.

”It will create green jobs and boost the local economy, reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, and curtail greenhouse gas emissions.”

”This project will contribute to achieving Nigeria’s national energy goals,” he said.

Cheve further said the project aligned with President Bola Tinubu’s Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) which aimed to add 12,000 MW of electricity to the national grid and to provide 24-hour electricity for Nigerians.

”The project is in line with the renewable energy plan that is based on Nigeria’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2060,” he said.

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