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Bayelsa State Government Revamps Kolo Creek Power Plant (Posted Dec 2000) Tell your friends about this page! Email it to them. 

The Alamieyeseigha administration in Bayelsa State has recommissioned the 40-Megawatt capacity Kolo Creek Power Plant at Imiringi near the state capital, Yenogoa, To the delight of the people. Widespread darkness had descended over Yenogoa in January, 2000, when the few functioning gas turbine engines broke down. Governor Alamieyeseigha who took the issue seriously undertook the repair facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, for refurbishment at enormous cost, though the cost to the state government is undisclosed. The return of light to Yenogoa and Some nearby villages has boosted the popularity of Governor Alamieyesiegha, in turn, boosting his government’s determination to increase power generation in the fledging 4year old state. Particularly, by completing the revamp of the Kolo Creek Power Plant and putting in place a maintenance team.

In spite of the current happiness, which the return of the power supply has generated among people in Yenogoa, the revamped facility only generates 2.5 megawatts, a mere 6.2 per cent of installed capacity of 40 megawatts. Nonetheless, the government is putting a lot of hope on the plant, in spite of the daunting problems of keeping it afloat. According to Olice Kemenanabo, general manager of the State’s Electricity Board: "The provision of light is not just a technical service but also a political issue." The state is yet to be connected to the national (power) grid run by The National Electric Power Authority, NEPA. According to Kemenanabo, the state Government is determined to make sure the plant keeps running smoothly.

Editor's Note: NEPA is now called Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN from 2005

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