Edo Government says it is partnering with the Niger Delta Power Holding Co Mpany (NDPHC) on a bulk power supply arrangement to boost electricity distribution to industries around the state.
Gov. Obaseki disclosed this when he received the executive management team of NDPHC on courtesy/ business visit at Government House in Benin on Friday.
The governor said he was optimistic that about 2000 mega watts of power could be generated from the NDPHC plant and Azura Plant located in the state within the next few years.
He said that what was of immerse concern was the utilisation of power that would be generated by the power plants and how to make the Sapele axis an electricity generating site for the proposed industrial hub.
‘’Now that we have found electricity, what are we going to do with it? Is there no opportunity for us to think on working with you directly?
‘How we can bring in people who will buy bulk and distribute it close by so that we can use it for production around the state?’’
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Power Holding Company, Mr Chinedu Ugbo, said Edo was a major stakeholder in power generation in country.
Ugbo said the Edo governor, being a member of the new board to be inaugurated by the company soon, necessitated the visit to strengthen areas of collaboration.
He said that the company had planned to seek the state’s approval in the bulk power supply arrangement, but since the company had received the government’s support, it could now explore the opportunity.
Ugbo expressed satisfaction with cooperation of the host community where its plant is located in the state.
He commended the residents for ensuring peaceful environment for the company to work.
The company boss listed some constraints affecting the company in the state to include irregular gas supply and electricity uptake, which he said, affected electricity distribution to consumers. (NAN)