Insecurity, Funding Delaying 700MW Zungeru Power Project – Minister

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The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, says insecurity and delay in the release of funds by the Exim Bank of China are some of the constraints hindering the completion of the 700-megawatt Zungeru hydroelectric power project.

Aliyu, in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Power on Friday, said other challenges include COVID-19 and cost adjustment.

He also informed the contractors of efforts by his ministry, through the Federal Ministry of Finance, to resolve the issue of opening an escrow account in a commercial bank prescribed in the Subsidiary Loan Agreement with Exim Bank of China.

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The Federal Government has directed the contractors handling the power project to ensure the completion of the facility before December 28, 2021.

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, gave the directive in Abuja while hosting the contractors, Messrs. CNEEC-Sinohydro Consortium, for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project.

He assured the CNEEC-Sinohydro of the Federal Government’s resolve to surmount the challenges faced by it in the discharge of its duties.

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