By Isaac Olamikan
Ossiomo Power in Benin City has inaugurated a 40-megawatts independent power plant built to provide power to the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park as well as the outlying local communities in Ologbo and Obayantor in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
Managing Director, Ossiomo Power, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, in an interview with journalists, said in conjunction with the Edo State Government, the power plant is now providing 24 hours of power to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area.
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He noted that the development is a testimony of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s pledge to light up Edo State.
According to Dr. Igiehon, “The 40MW plant was tested on 29th of December and is fully operational. At the moment, the plant is providing electricity to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area.”
Ologbo community had not been severed by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for the past four years.
Dr. Igiehon said the initiative has alleviated the suffering of Ologbo community who now benefit from the power plant.
It will be recalled that the Ossiomo Power plant was inaugurated in July 2020, with a 55MW capacity. With this additional 40 MW, the power plant now has a total of 95MW capacity.
In addition, the Benin Enterprise Park (BEP) which is a 997-hectare, mixed-use park, designed to accommodate light industries and residential zones in Edo State. The BEP will be equipped with a state-of-the-art infrastructure comprising roads, power, water, communications, drainage, sewage, and effluent treatment plant, drainages, rainwater harvesting equipment, and firefighting facilities, among others.
It will also include specialized infrastructure, such as quality control labs, quality certification centers, raw material storage, and other warehousing and logistics services.