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Cross River won’t need national grid soon, says Ayade

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As the state launches 50 megawatts power stations

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Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Rivers State has said combined power generation from the state’s two power plants situated at the Parliamentary Extension area of Calabar, the state capital and at Adiabo, on the outskirts of the capital will supply the state with about 50 megawatts of electricity soon.

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Speaking during a facility tour of the facilities, which construction is nearing completion, the governor said: “We have less than seven kilometres, where we are going to do hot tapping of the gas with an eight-inch pipe and bring it across to our pipeline.

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Parliamentary Extension

“The consistent generation of 26 megawatts from here (Adiabo), combined with the one at Parliamentary Extension, will give Cross River State almost 50MW of steady power, making Calabar the first city to be powered from an independent state source without falling back to the national grid.

Parliamentary Extension

Ayade disclosed that the Parliamentary Extension power plant, which is a diesel-powered plant, was being converted to gas-fired to ensure about 70 per cent reduction in the cost of combustion of the turbines.

Commending Skippars

Commending Skippars, the main contractor handling the Adiabo plant for a job well done and for involving local contractors in the project, the governor said he was happy the project was over 90 per cent completed with the first firing demonstration scheduled for next month.

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