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Sokoto’s $33m Power Project Reaches 95 Percent Completion, Ready For Test-run

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The 33 million dollar Sokoto State Independent Power Project (IPP) has reached 95 per cent completion stage and is to be test-run in the next 90 days, a representative of the contracting firm, Mr Theo Ubani, disclosed on Wednesday.

Mr. Ubani, who made the disclosure when officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) inspected the site in Sokoto, said the visit was to check the readiness of the plant in terms of evacuation of the power to be generated to the substation.

He described the visit technical as a technical one before connecting the plant to the national grid.

The TCN General Manager, Connections of Power Plants, Research and Development, Dr Inugonum Tom, assured the people that the power to be generated would be utilised only in the state.

“The visit is therefore aimed at assessing the readiness of the project for transmission of power through TCN’s transmission lines,’’ he added.

The state government awarded the contract to Vulcan Elvaton Nigeria Ltd., in November, 2008. Since coming on board last year, the administration of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made the completion of the project a top priority and released the funds, the government said in a statement.

The project is expected to generate 38 megawatts of electricity.

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