Kaduna’s 215mw Thermal Power Plant: FG Orders Prompt Completion



Namadi-Sambo- 600Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo in a meeting on the Kaduna 215mw thermal power plant with the project consortium, the consultants, the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Transport and other contractors directed that works on the thermal power plant should meet the end of the year deadline for the commissioning of the project.
Sambo, who requested for a detailed programme of work for the project, said that it was to ensure that the project was commissioned on schedule. He frowned at requests made by the consortium for variation of optional items outside the scope of work and urged the Ministry of Power to conclude the arrangement for the fuel storage tank.
The vice president directed Rockson Engineering, one of the companies in the consortium, to provide their records of procurements for the balance of plant (BoP) and schedule of deliveries and commence without delay, the civil works and construction for the storage tank while calling for a schedule of completion of alignment of the turbines from General Electric (GE).
Sambo was satisfied with the report presented by the Minister of Transport on the construction of railway tracks that would connect the rail with the power plant to enable for easy transportation of the fuel from source. He also noted the challenges faced by the consortium at the site and directed them to sort out all issues and report back within two weeks. Those issues were on the eight turbines alignment, storage tank, electrical control system which was one of the major engineering issues, project delivery and additional works.
The consultant to the project Messrs Stiag Ecotec West Africa, while presenting its report, noted that Skipper, the contractor to the substation, has progressed well and that work was currently at 82% completion. It also said that the main scope of work was progressing within acceptable time limits but the contract variation within the 33kv injection substation and the outgoing feeders had been evaluated and recommendations forwarded to the Ministry of Power for contract award. He noted that the project provided for the change in scope from the brown field site to the present green field location.
Earlier in his report, the Minister of Transport Senator Idris Umar, noted that the construction of rail tracks to the project site was an addendum to the western line rehabilitation exercise and that the length of the works was 3.8 kilometres while the completion design has been completed and would be submitted and approval would be given within two weeks. He added that the contractor for the project has mobilized to site and has given a period of eight months within which they would complete the work but that the ministry was canvassing for six months. He assured that in the next three weeks he would be in Kaduna for the ground-breaking ceremony.
The contractor consisting of GE and Rockson Engineering solicited early approval on their request in provision of additional fuel storage tank, which has been forwarded to the Ministry of Power for consideration to compliment their schedule of project delivery.
Present at the meeting were the Minister of Power Prof. Chinedu Nebo and his Minister of State Hon. Mohammed Wakil as well as the Ministry’s permanent secretary Amb. Godknows Igali, representatives of the GE and Rockson Engineering, the consultant to the project and Skipper the substation contractors and other top government officials.

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