Hope for Nigeria’s ‘caught up’ wind power farm as parliamentarians visit

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The possibility of work resuming at Nigeria’s first and only – for now, wind power farm was recently rekindle when federal parliamentarians visited the project site in northern state, Katsina.

Work on the 10mw wind farm had stalled for years with reports suggesting the government may have lost interest in it, though annual budgetary provisions were reportedly made for it.

However, Vergnet, the project construction firm, stated in a recent statement that members of the power committee of the Nigerian national assembly were prompted to visit the wind power plant by the country power, works and housing minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

Fashola also required Vergnet to organize the visit of the committee based on the parliament’s current debate on the country’s budget for 2017, which the Katsina wind farm project has been accommodated in.

As part of its jobs, the parliamentary committee provides a sort of legislative oversight on publicly funded electricity projects in the country.

Vergnet explained the committee were made up of about 20 people, and that they were impressed by the size of the turbines.

It also said that a wind map for the entire country has been developed, in line with the government’s policy of promoting renewable energy. It indicated that numerous viable sites for the deployment of wind turbines for power generation were captured in the map.

Recently, Fashola, said work on the Katsina wind farm would resume, with completion expected as soon as possible.

Vergnet which is responsible for the construction of the 10mw Katsina wind farm said there are 37 GEV MP C 275kW wind turbines on the site, mounted at a height of 55 metres on a tilt-able tower.

It added that it is the first wind farm in Nigeria, and that it (Vergnet) was selected for the robustness of its turbines and their easy installation and maintenance which requires lighter logistics than traditional wind turbines.

It explained that while it installed the wind turbines, it also trained Nigerian technicians in France for end of erection and maintenance, adding that the team work could support the construction of new wind farms in other states of Nigeria.

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