Nigerian Uni, completes own power project, to assist neighbouring communities
London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One of Nigeria’s leading universities, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has announced that it would be self sufficient in power generation when the institution completes its power generating plant
Vice Chancellor of the institution, in South West Nigeria, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede who made the announcement on Monday at the biennial conference of the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation held in the OAU campus, said the project, which started in 2017, would be ready by the end of October.2020
Eyitope added that the project was in conjunction with a rural electrification agency that would provide a gas-powered turbine to generate 8.0 megawatts of electricity for the institution.
“Because of the fast pace of the work, the project will be delivered by October ending.
“We are now very sure that by October ending, the university will be generating its own electricity and what that means is that we will be off the national grid,” he said.
Ogunbodede stated further that by the time the project was delivered, the university would be saving between N35 to N65 million in energy cost every month
He said since the university’s daily energy need was below six megawatts, the 8.0 megawatts of electricity to be generated by the plant would be more than enough for the institution including its teaching hospital.
The vice-chancellor stated that the institution’s neighbouring communities would also benefit from the excess energy that the plant would generate.
The OAU power project comes after three years when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the first major solar power plant in the country at the University of Ibadan, UI
The 10 megawatts renewable electricity plant is to serve the university community and its environs when completed.
The multi-million dollar project is a product of negotiation and financing between Nigerian Government, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, the German government and UI.
Also In 2018, a Greek EPC firm Metka signed an agreement with Nigeria’s government for the first phase of a project aimed at providing off-grid power to universities and associated teaching hospitals across the country.
The programme, an initiative of the country’s Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and would take 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals off the national grid.