Delta Partners Canada, S-Arabia For Solar Plants Devt

BY SUNDAY EGEDE
Delta State Government is collaborating with Sky Power Global of Canada and FAS Energy of Saudi-Arabia for the development of solar PV power plants in the state, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Mr. David Onokpe, has said.
Onokpe, who disclosed this during the familiarisation visit of the state Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Patrick Origho, to the ministry, said that the collaboration was part of the state government’s deliberate effort aimed at boosting electricity supply in the state.
He disclosed that the Ministry of Energy was working on modalities for the signing of the necessary Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the state government and the foreign partners for the commencement of the project.
“In keeping with the present administration’s vision of diversifying the economy of the state and creating a green economic base, the Ministry of Energy focused attention
on renewable energy development which featured a number of projects and activities”, he said, adding that over 4,000 solar streetlights have been installed in parts of the state in the area of solar energy development.
Continuing, the Permanent Secretary stated that wind mapping of the state has been completed as far as wind energy development is concerned, adding that preliminary biogas studies have, also, been completed with respect to bio-energy development.
According to him, the Ministry of Energy has responsibility for provision of adequate power supply from conventional and renewable sources as well as electronics engineering technology infrastructure in communities in the state.
He pointed out that the activities of the ministry has contributed immensely in the actualisation of the three point agenda of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan led administration in the state by facilitating economic development, peace and security as well as human capital development.
While saying that a total of 442 power projects have been carried out by the ministry from May 2007 to date, Onokpe listed some of the challenges facing the ministry to include lack of adequate office accommodation, lack of vehicles for senior officials and projects supervision, inadequate provision of funding for projects and professional capacity development for Engineers and Technicians,
among others, even as he expressed appreciation to the HOS for the visit which, according to him, was first of its kind.
In his remarks, the HOS, who told the Permanent Secretary and Directors in the Ministry of Energy that he was in the ministry to see the condition under which they work, expressed delight with the cooperative attitude of professionals in the ministry, adding that they should continue to work together as a team in order to achieve government’s set goals, even as he stressed the need for them to manage the little resources at their disposal.