The UNIDO Programme Officer, Mr Jossy Thomas, disclosed that the Ondo State Government has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to generate about 27 megawatts for industrial use within the state.
Mr Thomas revealed this development at a one-day workshop on Biomass Power Potential in Ondo State on Friday in which he said that the project was to promote the use of locally available renewable resources to produce electricity. He also added that UNIDO’s feasibility study discovered that the project could be sited in any local government area where clusters of sawmills were located.
“We are targeting some local government areas where there are clusters of sawmills and we have found potential to generate 27 megawatts from enewable resources through saw dust, ” he said.
The state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Chief Timehin Adelegbe, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Tola Oyegbade said that the biomass workshop was important for the state and also added that the aim of the workshop was to make use of biomass and sawdust to generate energy.
He noted that it would be of most benefit to industrialists in the state, considering the huge amount spent on fuel and that, if the project becomes successful, it will reduce the cost of production in many industries and boost the economy of the state.
Speaking at the workshop also, Prof. Eli Bala, the Director-General of Energy Commission of Nigeria and Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, said that no sector could grow without sustainable energy supply and that energy was essential for socio-economic development of any nation.
He also said that the project would meet energy needs through renewable biomass resources and that the project is part of the aim of the present administration to diversify the economy.