NERC licenses firm to generate 500MW from coal in Gombe

By Emeka Anuforo, Abuja   |   29 January 2015   |   5:33 pm  

AS part of efforts to diverse the nation’s energy sources, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued licence for the generation of electricity from coal in Gombe state.

  The licence was issued to  Trombay Power Generation Limited for a  500MW power plant to be located at Wajari Village along Dadinkowa Road, Yamaltu local government area of Gombe State.

  Chairman of  NERC,  Dr. Sam Amadi, who spoke at the handover of the licence in Abuja, yesterday,  stressed the importance of coal in the nation’s efforts to exploit other energy avenues.

  Amadi said:  “I commend your patience and perseverance to follow through your application. Coal power plant is becoming important the effort to in diversify our fuel source.

  “I hope you will follow through your timelines in constructing your power plant with the same dedication you displayed in the course of this application.”

  The Commissioner, Legal Licensing and Enforcement, Dr Steven Andzenge described the licence as remarkable, noting that “it is a milestone in the sense that it is in line with NERC’s objective of diversifying our fuel sources.’’

  Group President of Trombay Power Generation Limited, Jitendes Kumar Sachdeva described the exercise as most welcoming. He commended the commission for its transparency and commitment in processing the application.

  “I am glad to receive this licence. The Commission is a truly transparent and smart regulatory agency. You people are very smart,” he noted.



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