The 10 megawatts wind power project abandoned in Katsina State since 2012 has been approved by the federal government for completion.
The completion of the project is said to be in line with the government’s effort to introduce renewable energy in the Nigeria.
Mr, Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, disclosed this after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja.
Fashola said the approved projects are at various stages of completion.
You will recall that the N4.4 billion project was awarded to a French firm, Messrs Vergnet SA in 2010 and was scheduled for completion in 2012, but it has been suffering from many twists and turns that made the completion date unachievable and stalled progress.
The total turbines have a rated power of 275 kilowatts mounted at a height of 55 metres. The unmounted 33 turbines still lay decaying at the farm.
The project, which was initiated by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua when he was governor of Katsina State, was subsequently taken over by the Federal Government after he became president in 2007.
About three years ago, the lead contractor was abducted for a year when the project was about 90 per cent completion.