Sokoto State will in the next 90 days, test-run the $33 million Independent Power Project (IPP), a representative of the contracting firm, Theo Ubani has revealed.
Ubani made the disclosure when officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) inspected the site in Sokoto on Wednesday.
Ubani said the visit was to check the readiness of the plant in terms of evacuation of the power to be generated to the substation.
According to him, this is a technical visit before connecting the plant to the national grid.
He said the project had reached 95 per cent completion stage, adding that “this is a reality and not a farce”.
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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government awarded the contract to Vulcan Elvaton Nigeria Ltd., in November, 2008.
NAN also reports that the project is expected to generate 38 megawatts of electricity.