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Nigeria President Inaugurates Geometric Power Plant in Abia

Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to officially open the 188MW Geometric power plant situated in the Osisioma Industrial Layout of Aba on Monday.

Originally scheduled for the weekend, the inauguration has been rescheduled for today, February 26, 2024, according to a statement from the company.

The change in plans, according to Africa News Energy was attributed to unforeseen developments, as indicated by insider sources in Abuja.

During the inauguration, the President is expected to inaugurate the 188MW thermal plant alongside Aba Power Limited.

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The latter will facilitate the distribution of electricity from the new plant to nine out of the 17 local government areas in Abia State.

Ben Caven, the Managing Director of the company, hailed the power plant as the largest investment in the South-East, citing an $800 million investment in the integrated power project.

This investment encompasses the construction of a 27km natural gas pipeline from Owaza in Ukwa West Local Government Area, Abia State, to the Osisioma Industrial Layout in Aba.

Caven further explained that the project involved the installation of 150,000km of cables and wires, as well as the establishment of four new power sub-stations and the refurbishment of three others inherited from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

The Geometric Power Group was established by Professor Bart Nnaji, former Minister for Science and Technology and later, Minister for Power in Nigeria.

The statement noted that Nnaji embarked on the integrated project following a visit to Aba on March 17, 2004, by then-World Bank President James Wolfensohn and former Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

During the visit, they identified the inconsistent power supply as the primary challenge faced by both large and medium-scale industrialists in Aba.

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