Electricity Distribution plant Photo: NAECNG

All is set for the groundbreaking ceremony of the 60MW coal-powered electricity project at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to expand Nigeria’s energy mix.

According to a release published on the university’s website, UNN said the groundbreaking ceremony will hold November 23, 2017 at the power plant site located on the Nsukka campus of the university.

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Milhouse International is undertaking the project in efforts to create reliable, clean, coal-powered electricity for the university environment, which will serve to reduce the country’s reliance on costly diesel fuel.

Milhouse said the project will increase opportunities for economic growth, and provide consistency and sustainability of electricity supply, and improve the quality of life for Nigerians.

“We are extremely excited and motivated to begin work in Enugu,” said President/CEO, Wilbur Milhouse, adding, “My goal for Milhouse has always been to improve communities around the world and that vision has finally come to fruition”.

Milhouse stated that as part of the groundbreaking activities, it will host its second annual soccer shoe giveaway in Nigeria.

“A soccer shoe drive is currently underway through November 9, 2017. The collection of new and gently used soccer shoes will be contributed to the children of the Awhum local community in Enugu State, Nigeria,” Milhouse said in the statement.

Milhouse had in 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its Ministry of Power; the agreement of which solidified Milhouse’s initiative to generate coal-powered electricity in the country.

The 60 MW power plant will increase Nigeria’s capacity to produce sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity to its customers.

Due to the erratic nature of electricity delivery in Nigeria, consistent power for homes and businesses generally entails running a diesel generator as a primary power source which costs about three to four times higher than the typical American household. Many Nigerian consumers go without lights for days at a time.

“By utilizing Nigeria’s natural resources we will provide its citizens with access to safe and reliable power at an affordable rate.

“Electricity usually accounts for more than 30% of costs for manufacturing businesses in Nigeria.

“Our efforts will provide relief by helping those businesses reduce their costs, and create jobs,” Milhouse said.