In a bid to put an end to the erratic power supply to navigational aids across the country, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has completed the first phase of the installation of solar power units at a cost of N218million.
The completed solar powered installations cover six locations namely:Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Bida and Enugu.
This development was made known over the weekend during the at the official handing over of the completed power project by the contractor-, Stormberg Power Limited, when its Chairman, Otunba Tunde Morakinyo met with the Managing Director of NAMA, Engineer Mazi Nnamdi Udoh in Lagos to and intimate him with the completion of the project and its hand over.
Speaking on the development, Mazi Udoh noted that:’’ This is another milestone in saving money and diversifying our power source to Solar. It is a project that has been on-going and is now fully completed and we are now using it. It is saving us the huge amount we used to spend on diesel to power generators and the down-time we used to experience due to power failure’’.
He went on,:’’ So, it is thing of joy. We will continue to explore how we are going to deploy it in other areas apart from its current usage for navigational aids which is the pilot scheme in six airports/locations. The solar power is solely for navigation/landing aids only for now in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Bida and Enugu where we have major issues as regards constant power supply to the runways/air field lighting’’.
Power supply to the airfield and runways in the aforementioned airports, Mazi Udoh pointed out used to be very erratic and the Agency used to keep them alight by running generators on 24-hour basis.
On the cost of the project which he said was N218million covered not only the installation of the Solar Power units in the six locations but also include the training of NAMA staff in the electrical/electronics department to take charge of operations of the project.
He added that this was the first phase and assured that the next phase which would cover other airports was expected to begin before the end January, 2013.
The Chairman of Slomberg Power Limited, Otunba Morakinyo said his company was delighted to be associated with the project and assure that the Solar units supplied and installed for NAMA were of high quality which would tremendously ensure uninterrupted power supply to navigational aids and thereby enhance safety while saving the Agency millions of Naira spent monthly to purchase fuel for generators across all the airports.