Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State Governor, yesterday formally commissioned the 8.8 Megawatts Mainland Independent Power Project in the state.
The Governor who spoke at the State Electricity Board, Old Secretariat, Ikeja location of the Power Plant described the successful completion of the Mainland Independent Power Project as a demonstration that his government is one that makes a public commitment and is duty-bound to ensure that it stands by it.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Engineer Taofiq Tijani, the State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources said the Mainland Independent Power Project is the fourth power plant to be commissioned by the present administration.
He also informed that the on-going Conserve Energy, Save Money (CESM) campaign has run on full steam throughout the month of October and that people could now download the first ever consumer focused household energy calculator from mobile App store.
He said the 8.8 MW Power plant has been realised through a Public Private Partnership between the Lagos State Government and a consortium of Mainland Power Limited, CET Power and Solad Electric Limited.
Giving a project overview, Obiora Nwizu, the Managing Director of CET Power said the 8.8 Megawatts Power plant has 5.8 MW as the primary power that is produced by natural gas while the 3 Megawatts standby is driven by diesel.
He said the Mainland Independent Power Project would serve agencies like the Lagos State Electricity Board, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Area F Police Command, the High Court, the Office of the Chief Judge, the Code of Conduct Bureau, the State Water Corporation, the old Secretariat complex, the State Ministry of Housing Estate and Eko Engineering Limited.
Others include street lights covering a stretch of 20 kilometres from the Old Secretariat, the Ikeja Flyover, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Agege Motor Road, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu to Maryland, Palm Avenue in Mushin and Ikeja GRA.
Nwizu stressed that there is also a provision to transfer the power plant to Lagos State after 10 years of operation adding that there is also the capacity for expansion of the Mainland Power Plant to 25 MW if the State Government so desires.
Damilola Ogunbiyi, the General Manager of the State Electricity Board said the state has so far commissioned four IPPs and each of them is helping the State Government to conserve and save money.
She noted that it was not enough for people to sit at home and complain about inadequacy of power but should work at calculating their energy use and converting to energy bulbs as the State Government has done at the State Secretariat.
The Governor later undertook a guided tour of the Independent Power Plant alongside some of the dignitaries that included the members of the State Executive Council notably, Mrs Adejoke Orelope–Adefulire the Deputy Governor; Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure and his Environment counterpart, Mr Tunji Bello and other notable personalities.