The foundation laying ceremony of the $1 billion Azura-Edo 1,000 megawatts gas-powered Independent Power Plant will hold on Friday, 10th October, 2014.
The first phase of the project, which was conceptualised in 2010 and jointly incubated by the Edo State government under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Amaya Capital, the key promoters of Azura Power West Africa Ltd, is 450-500 mega watts to be scaled up to 1,000 megawatts in the second phase.
The Azura project is the first Nigerian power project to benefit from the World Bankâ€™s â€œPartial Risk Guaranteeâ€ structure which was specifically created to meet the developing needs of emerging markets globally. The Azura-Edo IPP is expected to create the template for the successful development of IPPs in Nigeria and Edo State is playing a pioneering role in determining the future of Nigeriaâ€™s power sector.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Peter Okhiria, said the Azura-Edo IPP would provide over 4,000 direct and indirect jobs for the people of the state from the construction to the post-construction period of the project.
According to him, â€œthe Azura-Edo Power Project is a clear demonstration of the confidence of the international community in the economy of Edo State. It is an indication that Edo State is investor-friendly as the Government under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has put in place the necessary infrastructure to attract investors to the state.â€
According to Okhiria, â€œthis is another project conceptualized by the Edo State Government under the Public Private Partnership Programme to unlock the industrial potentials in the State and make the state the nationâ€™s energy hub.â€
The foundation laying will be done by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Venue of the foundation laying ceremony is Ihovbe/ Orior Osemwende Communities, off Benin- Lagos Bypass, Benin City, from 9:00am.