Aba Has Become Nigeria’s First City To Have Uninterrupted Power Supply

In a groundbreaking development, Aba, a bustling city in Abia State, has achieved a significant milestone by becoming Nigeria’s first city to enjoy uninterrupted power supply....READ FULL ARTICLE

This remarkable achievement is made possible by the commissioning of the 181-megawatt Geometric Power plant in the Osisioma Industrial Layout of Aba.

Inaugurated on February 26, 2024, by President Bola Tinubu, the Geometric Power plant represents a major investment in the Southeast, with an estimated cost of around $800 million.

The plant, initially set for inauguration on February 24, was rescheduled due to unforeseen developments, according to insider sources.

The Geometric Power integrated company stands out as the only group in Nigeria that both generates and distributes its own power. This unique model contrasts with other power firms that either generate or distribute but do not engage in both activities.

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Engineer Cliff Eneh, a senior energy consultant and former manager with the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), expressed pride in the Federal Government’s support for this integrated approach.

The comprehensive project includes the construction of a 27-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Owaza to the Osisioma Industrial Layout and the installation of 150,000 kilometres of cables and wires.

Additionally, four new power substations have been constructed, and three others inherited from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have been refurbished.

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Ben Caven, Managing Director of Geometric Power Ltd and former NEPA Executive Director, highlighted the company’s commitment to delivering top-quality infrastructure.

The tubular poles mounted by Geometric Power in Aba and its environs are described as incomparable in Africa, with a depth of about 10 meters to ensure stability even in the event of natural disasters.

The Geometric Power Group, founded by Professor Bart Nnaji, a globally respected academic engineer and former Minister of Power, embarked on this integrated project following a visit by World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in 2004.

They identified the lack of reliable power supply as a major challenge for industrialists in Aba, prompting Nnaji to develop a dedicated power plant for the city.

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The inauguration of the Geometric Power plant is expected to mark a new dawn not just for Aba or Abia State, but for the entire country. Sir Alexander Maduakor, President of the Association of Aba Industrialists, anticipates that this development will revolutionize the industrial landscape in Nigeria.

As Aba becomes Nigeria’s first city to have uninterrupted power supply, the potential for economic growth and industrial development is immense.

This milestone sets a precedent for other cities in Nigeria and across Africa to follow, highlighting the importance of reliable energy infrastructure in driving progress and prosperity...READ FULL ARTICLE

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