Cement company, Lafarge, has indicated its plan to boost national electricity supply by building additional play with a capacity to generate 30 megawatts.
Segun Soyoye, Lafarge manager at its Ewekoro plant, said the company currently produces 90 mega watts of electricity to power its operations and hopes to reach 220 mega watts in future.
The company also said it is investing in alternative power sources.
Lafarge Country Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge, Michel Puchercos, added to Soyoye’s claim, saying: “We realised last year that dollars was scarce and energy was scarce in Nigeria. So, the company reacted very strongly, how can we do both? We wanted to do both – keeping on producing and saving energy and dollars. This is how the idea of using biomass came.
“Ogun State, being an agriculture hub as well, made it possible for us to produce 50 per cent power from biomass in 2016, which we can grow up to 70 or 80 per cent. We aim to roll out the scheme in other plants; in Cross River State, and in Ashaka, Gombe State.”
According to the CEO, the production of biomass fuel from palm kernels is not restricted to recycling palm kernels.
“Burning and recycling wastes like silica and aluminium which are dangerous to man can generate electricity and improve the standard of living. If Nigeria is ready, we are ready to support,” he said.