The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) says it is poised to commence solar power projects in Katsina and some other Northern States.
The MD/CEO of NDPHC, Mr Chiedu Ugbo disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the end of a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja yesterday by the Governor of Katsina State, Alh. Aminu Masari.
He said, “We have a very vibrant renewable unit now and we are looking especially at Katsina and some other states in the North to set up solar projects for the utility scale and even clusters as well.”
In his welcome address, the MD said in spite of the numerous challenges that came after the privatisation of the power sector, NDPHC, having achieved over 4, 000 megawatts (MW) through projects, is working so hard to do more projects across the country.
“As you may be aware, NDPHC implements the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) which focuses mainly on electricity generation with the design of 10 power plants of about 5, 000MW. As at today the company has delivered more than 4,000MW of its original mandate and they are gas fired power plants.
“The design is such that NDPHC would sell these power plants which are all located in the Niger Delta States of the South and then move to the next phase and invest in generation as well, especially renewable generation in the Northern part of the country with the proceeds of the sale. Unfortunately, after the privatisation, the electricity market has been experiencing challenges, making it very difficult for us to complete the privatisation of NIPP generation assets which began around 2013.
“That notwithstanding, we are working assiduously to complete the process so that we can invest more,” he explained.
Ugbo who disclosed that in the next 2 to 3 months, NDPHC will be putting another 125MW to the national grid, said the company currently has 12 projects in Katsina State, of which 10 have been completed and put to service while the other 2 are at advanced stages of completion.
“Were it not for the market challenges we would have done much more,” he said.
On his part, Governor Masari who appreciated NDPHC for all the projects, completed and on-going, in the state, said he came to ask for more projects from the company to boost electricity in the state.
He said, “In the Northern part of the country, especially Katsina where we come from, we have a lot of potentials, we have an advantage in terms of solar energy, and I know some companies are having challenges with regards to pricing and the guarantees required for them to start production, but I am sure before you come on board for the solar and wind energy, all such issues would have been sorted out.”
The Governor assured his host and other members of NDPHC mangement of the continuous support of Katsina State.