By Steve Oko
THE ERA OF EPILEPTIC POWER SUPPLY TO ABA WILL SOON BE OVER.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Geometric Power Plant, Mazi Barth Nnaji, a professor of robotics, has assured that the company would fully come on stream in four to six months time.
Nnaji who was former Minister for Power gave the assurance while addressing newsmen at the Geometric Power Plant Osisioma, said the company would not give electricity billing based on estimation.
According to him, bills will be calculated on the benchmark issued by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, until the consumers are provided with metres.
“It is our goal to ensure that consumers are metered. But where there are no meters, our bills will be within the benchmark set by the regulatory authorities, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, until the consumers in question are provided with meters”, he said.
His words: “Aba people have suffered much because of lack of regular power supply. So our core mission is to partner with all relevant stakeholders to end this development in all our areas of coverage, which are the 9 local councils that make up Abia South for now.
“In the next four to six months, Geometric Power will come fully on stream and these areas of coverage will begin to enjoy an uninterrupted power supply.
“But as time goes on, we hope to expand our operations to cover other areas of the state, and also connect to the national grid. Our field workers will ensure a prompt response to distress calls from consumers in the event of any faulty or malfunctioning devices. We are ready to change the narratives in the power generating and distribution chain in Aba and environs.
“Geometric Power Limited will provide reliable and quality electricity. We have taken over from the EEDC.
“We are now in charge of the Aba ring-fenced area. A new power company was created, it is called Aba Power, it is the 12th Disco in Nigeria. We have built power stations in Aba; Ogbor Hill, Factory road, Osisioma Ngwa and Port Harcourt Road.
“We can only get the real Japan of Africa in Aba when we get quality electricity. Geometric Power is built with 141MW, and we are licensed to produce 181MW.
Nnaji explained that Geometric power Limited, is the only power distribution company, Disco, in the country with its own power plant with 141MW capacity and licensed to produce 181MW.
“South East gets less than 300MW from the national grid. Lagos takes about 1,000MW out of the 3,000MW generated in the country. Geometric Power already has 141MW built.
“When you divide the national generation for the South East by 5, Abia State gets around 60MW, but Geometric Power has provided 141MW for Aba ringed fenced area. The Company will run on a 27-kilometre gas pipeline from Owaza to the power plant at Aba. The turbines are built with Boeing 747 engines. Aba will be the first city to have reliable and quality electricity in Nigeria.’
“It is our goal to ensure that consumers are metered. But where there are no meters, our bills will be within the benchmark set by the regulatory authorities, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, until the consumers in question are provided with meters.”
Nnaji further explained that “Geometric power Limited, is the only power distribution company, Disco, in the country with its own power plant with 141MW capacity and licensed to produce 181MW.”
There has been a face-off between EEDC and Geometric Power Plant over who controls power distribution to Aba since 2014.