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 officials, who didn't want their names in print because they were not authorized to speak to the media, made the remarks when officials from the Budget Office of the Federation visited the project site for budget monitoring.
Daily Trust investigations revealed recently that 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, one of the officials said that Vice President Namadi Sambo has taken the responsibility to ensure that the equipments start arriving site latest January 2013 through the use of specialized airbuses that will deliver them in Kaduna airport before moving them by road to the site.
On his part, one of the project consultant said that 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 215MW Kaduna dual (LPFO/gas) fired power plant contract was awarded in 2009 at the cost of N6 billion plus Euro 135,840,665.71with December 2013 completion date.
When completed, the project is expected to evacuate 120MW of power to Kaduna Industrial Area.