The long awaited gas turbines for the multi-billion naira power plant in Kaduna would soon arrive as the equipments are expected to get to site by January 2013, a government official and a consultant who are linked to the project have said.
The turbines and other components for the project which are very heavy, have been trapped for nearly two years in Onne port, Port Harcourt as they cannot be transported to site because of bad roads and weak bridges.
However, following the intervention of Vice President Namadi Sambo, specialized airbuses have been contracted to airlift the heavy turbines and other components to Kaduna airport before moving them by road to the site.
According to one of the project consultant, the project is an EPC contract, adding that what they are doing presently is the auxiliary work.
“All the foundations for the eight gas turbines are 100 percent completed and we are only waiting for the arrival of the turbines. No matter what we do here nobody will appreciate it until the turbines are on ground,” the consultant said.
The contract for the 215MW Kaduna dual (LPFO/gas) fired power plant which is expected to evacuate 120MW of power to Kaduna Industrial Area, was awarded in 2009 and has December 2013 as completion date.