Market inferno disrupts Ayade 23 megawatts tests transmission project

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Within 72hours into the test running of the 23 megawatts Calabar power plant, the supply of electricity from the plant has witnessed set back following a an inferno at the popular Marian market.

Some residents have raised concerns about the true capacity of the plant claiming that it was not optimal as the governor had claimed.

During the inception of the test running, Gov Ben Ayade said the plant will supply the metropolis and public utilities with power adding that private business owners would also benefit from the supply including stylists and saloon businesses.

In a release on Tuesday, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ayade, Christian Ita, said the cut in supply of power from the plant was caused by an inferno at the Marian market.

The statement reads: “The Cross River State Government wishes to inform the general public that the cut in power supply from the 23 megawatts Calabar Power plant in the last 24 hours to the Calabar metropolis is due to a fire outbreak at the Marian market which affected some transmission cables.

The power plant had to be shut down to minimise damage caused by the inferno.A team of engineers is currently working round the clock to fix the problem.

“Power will be restored as soon as this is done.Government regrets the inconveniences this has caused residents of the metropolis,” it stated.

Meanwhile ,residents have raised  eyebrow over the reasons stated by government adding that there was no correlation between the power plant and the high tension cable that fell leading to a fire at Marian market.

A trader,  Emma Etim, said the excuse by government that the fire incident had anything to do with the power cut was not true.

He said: ” We thought this one was different and will probably be one of his projects that Cross Riverians will benefit from, but its obviously one of those unrealistic projects.

“How on earth can a power plant that was just powered for test running to check how effective it will be just go off only in three days and you are telling the public that it was caused by a fire incident at Marian.

“Their statements do not add up. They should allow us remain on the national grid controlled by PHED instead of plunging Calabar Metroplois into darkness.”

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