BUA Group, Wartsila OY Sign 70mw Power Plant Contract
By Sunday Elom
Nigeria’s second largest cement manufacturing company, BUA Group and Wartsila OY (a Finnish company, which manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets) have signed a contract agreement for construction of a 70 megawatts dual-fuel power plant for the BUA’s Cement Sokoto Line 4 in Sokoto state.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement, the chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said that with the addition of the proposed plant in use, the company is looking forward to boosting its production capacity in Nigeria in the next three years.
Rabiu noted that the new plant would be the second plant to be constructed by Wartsila for BUA Cement.
He maintained that BUA Cement will continue to invest strategically in the West African Cement industry to enable it to reduce the high rate of infrastructure and housing deficit being experienced across Nigeria and other African countries.
According to Rabiu, “BUA Cement is happy and pleased with the progress that Wartsila made with the construction of the power plant we initially purchased for our BUA Cement Sokoto Line 3, which we expect will begin commissioning alongside the power plant.
“We believe Wartsila will bring the same level of efficiency, technical expertise and professionalism to bear, ensuring that this new power plant for the 3 million Mtpa BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 will be completed on schedule by the end of next year as we look towards bringing BUA’s total capacity in its Sokoto plant to 8 million metric tonnes by early 2023, and 17million metric tonnes across all its plants by the same time.”
Similarly, Wartsila West Africa’s energy business director, Mark Thiriet, expressed Wartsila’s delight to partner with BUA Group on the power plant project. Thiriet therefore assured that the Finnish firm will utilize its technical expertise and globally recognized technology in completing the project.