Ossiomo Power in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, has commissioned a new 40MW independent power plant.
The power plant will provide dedicated power to the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park and local communities in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.
Ossiomo Power Managing Director, Dr Uwa Igiehon, said in conjunction with the Edo State government, the power plant will provide 24/7 power to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area.
“The plant is an addition to the existing 55MW plant, which has been in operation in the state since 2020 and has been supplying power to government buildings, offices and streetlights among others.
“The street lighting project stretches for 200km across the Benin metropolis. The Benin Enterprise Park (BEP) is a 997-hectare, mixed-use development designed to accommodate light industries and residential zones.”
“The BEP will be equipped with a state-of-the-art civil infrastructure comprising graded plots, roads, power, water, communications, drainage, sewage treatment plant, effluent treatment plant, stormwater drains, rainwater harvesting and firefighting facilities, among others.
“It will also include specialised infrastructure, such as quality control labs, quality certification centres, raw material storage, and other warehousing and logistics services.
“The 40MW plant was tested on December 29, 2021, and is fully operational. At the moment, the plant is providing electricity to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area,” said Igiehon.
Vanguard News Nigeria also reports that Ologbo community had been severed from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), for the past four years, which had thrown the community into darkness.
Igiehon said the initiative has provided relief to Ologbo community, which now benefits from the power supply from the new power plant.