A Kano-based manufacturing firm, Aspira Nigeria Limited, has switched to generating its own power using gas.
The Managing Director of Aspira Nigeria Limited, Sami Jafaar, said the company had turned to generate its own power using gas due to fluctuating diesel prices, as well as reducing pollution.
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Aspira has signed a contract with Clarke Energy to install a gas power plant. Clarke Energy has installed a four-megawatt (MW) power plant as part of the initial phase of a project which capacity will be upscaled to 10MW at the later phase.
Clarke Energy delivered the entire power plant solution which includes its designs, technical drawings, engines, installation, commissioning, and currently provides maintenance of the equipment.
Jafaar, in a statement, said apart from reduced cost, a key benefit of the gas plant was that it had virtually eliminated downtime due to power cuts and damage to sensitive factory equipment.
The Managing Director of Clarke Energy, Yiannis Tsantilas, said with the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, there would be more gas in the area which would raise the energy levels and increase productivity.
The plant is currently powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) delivered to the facility.