The Ekiti State Government has initiated a trial phase for its Independent Power Project (IPP) in a bid to enhance the availability of electricity.
This independent power station was originally conceived during the tenure of former Governor Kayode Fayemi and was subsequently completed under the leadership of the current Governor, Biodun Oyebanji.
It is part of a series of measures aimed at addressing the inherent challenges in the state’s electricity supply.
According to the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Professor Bolaji Aluko, the project has undergone a successful two-week testing phase during which 700kw of power has been distributed out of the total capacity of 3.5 megawatts.
“This initial testing covered various government facilities in Ado-Ekiti, including the Governor’s Office, Government House, State Secretariat Complex, House of Assembly Complex, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), and streetlights along major roads in the city. The plan is to expand this initiative to include private entities through a willing buyer, willing seller arrangement.”
The Technical Director of Ekiti IPP Limited, Mrs. Odunayo Lanre-Bamodu mentioned that the project has been fully operational and functioning seamlessly for approximately two weeks.
“It is currently supplying electricity to various government facilities in Ado-Ekiti. The project serves as a metropolitan power source, equipped with an 11-kilometer underground distribution network, several substations, Ring Main Units (RMUs), and two generating sets with a total capacity of 2.65MW, with room for future expansion.”
Emphasizing its 24-hour uninterrupted power supply, Bamodu also highlighted the potential for individuals and businesses to benefit from this project, as there is a provision for expansion in the future.