Abuja - The kidnapping of a French national in 2012 has delayed the completion of the 10 megawatts Katsina Wind Power Project, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, said.
It nonetheless is nearly complete after progress made after the freeing of Francis Collomp, an engineer with the French firm, Vergnet, months later.
Members of the Ansaru terror group kidnapped Collomp and released him after about a year.
The group was said to be a breakaway faction of the notorious Boko Haram sect that has killed thousands since 2009.
Meanwhile, Igali said Katsina wind power project is at "98 percent completion stage."
He said five of the turbines in the wind farm have been test run successfully.
Igali affirmed that the transmission line for the execution of the power to be produced through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had been confirmed ready by the officials.
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He said government's committed to ensure smooth running of the pilot scheme as well as the plans to replicate it in the entire Northern region where wind velocity is high. The permanent secretary stressed that the harnessing of wind resource is an integral part of the newly approved National Policy on Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
He explained that the wind power project was a component of the renewable energy programme of the Federal Government.
Igali identified other renewable energy projects to include small, medium and large hydros as well a solar-power projects and bio-mass.
He said government has put measures in place to check the menace of power infrastructure vandalism and appealed to communities and the new owners of power facilities to collaborate in providing protection for assets.
- CAJ News