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Power Minister Gives December Deadline For Completion Of Zungeru Power Plant.

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Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu has given December deadline to contractors for the completion of Zungeru power plant.

He gave the order while receiving the consultants and contractors of of Messrs. CNEEC-Sinohydro consortium for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of 700MW Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project who paid him a courtesy call on Friday, at the Ministry.

Minister assured the contractors of the Federal Government’s resolve to surmount the challenges faced by the contractors in the discharge of their duties which bothers on Security, COVID 19, cost adjustment owing to the extra work outside the contracted sum and the delay in release of fund by China EximBank.

Engr. Aliyu further informed the contractors of efforts of the Ministry of Power through the Ministry of Finance at resolving the issue of opening of the escrow account in a commercial bank prescribed in the Subsidiary Loan Agreement with Exim bank of china which negates the current policy of Government which transferred Government accounts in all the commercial banks to the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

While expressing satisfaction at the presentation made by the contractors, the Minister encouraged them to meet the December 28, 2021 deadline of completing the project while assuring them of addressing all constraints that may hinder the delivery of the project.

Speaking earlier during his presentation, the project Director, Dr. JBO Adewumi of Coyne et Bellier (Tractebel) / Decrown consultancy service said the assessed overall percentage of completion of the project is about 90%. He pleaded for quick resolve of the constraint enumerated.

The Zungeru hydropower plant project is located on Kaduna River, 8km upstream of the confluence with the Gumna River in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

This is approximately 20km northeast of Zungeru, 25km southeast of Tegina, 43km northwest of Minna and 77km downstream of the Shiroro power Plant.

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