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55MW CCETC-Ossiomo power plant test-run holds today in Edo

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An aerial view of a sub-station of 55mw CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant on Sapele Road, Benin City.<br />

In furtherance of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s efforts to ensure improved power supply to businesses and residents, the 55mw CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power Plant (IPP) will be test-run today.

The development is coming after necessary regulatory approvals have been granted for the take-off of the plant, even as the Nigeria Electricity Services Agency (NEMSA) would energise the plant’s 33KV Transmission line along the Sapele Road axis of Benin City.

Some residents in Benin City, who spoke with journalists about the development, said the state government had kept to its promise to provide electricity in partnership with private investors.

Mr. Efe Noragbon, who lives along Sapele Road, said the residents in the area were keenly anticipating the test-run, which would be a dream come through for Edo people.

He noted that it was refreshing that the state was witnessing a government that has kept to its promise of providing quality leadership amid distractions and sliding revenue.

Also, a trader in Santana Market on Sapele Road, Mrs. Blessing Johnson, said the project would truly prove that the government had kept to its promise to Edo people.

In a statement, the Edo State Ministry of Energy and Electricity said the transmission line would be energised from 10:00 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 20, 2020.

“We wish to bring to the attention of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the general public that as part of the testing and certification of the CCETC-Ossiomo IPP by the Nigeria Electricity Services Agency (NEMSA), the 33KV Transmission line will be energised from 10.00 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 20, 2020.

“The announcement serves as notice to all persons and agencies that have activities along the said Sapele Road, Benin City corridor within the stipulated period.”


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