Adequate supply of electricity is a major factor and component for an economy to thrive, and the Niger Delta Development Commission says it is making moves to build a major power infrastructure that will improve the power supply in the Delta region, and enable economic investments and growth, beyond the oil sector.

The NDDC in a statement released on Monday at a meeting in Port Harcourt, said it is engaging a Chinese firm, SINOTECH to develop a regional power project. This will include 18 power stations in different areas across the region, capable of generating up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity, which is around where the total national power generation hovers.

The Managing Director of the NDDC, Nsima Ekere, represented by the Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Samuel Adjogbe said the commission’s big idea is to set up a non-oil economy for the region through industrial parks in all of the nine states. He said this can be achieved by putting the right infrastructure in place, and that the power project is a first step to achieve this goal.

According to the NDDC boss, feasibility study has already been carried out for the project, and the commission is expecting a detailed architectural layout of the project, and the financial requirements by February 6th.

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