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BUA, Finland’s Wartsila OY Seal New 70mw Power Plant For OBU Line

Caption: Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder/Executive Chairman, BUA Group (middle) signing the third contract with Wartsila Oy of Finland to build a 70 Mega Watts Gas Power Plant for BUA Cement Obu Line III, while Wartsila Oy’s Senior Business Development Manager, Christophe Demay (left), Marc Thiriet, Energy Business Director, Africa West (right) and the Deputy Minister for International Trade for Finland, Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti (standing) look on at the BUA Regional office in Abuja.

Nigeria’s industrial and consumer goods conglomerate, BUA Group, last week signed yet another agreement with Wartsila OY of Finland to construct a 70megawatts dual-fuel power plant for its BUA Cement Obu Line 3 project in Edo State, Southern Nigeria, at a ceremony in Abuja presided over by the Deputy Minister for International Trade for Finland, Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti.

The plant, the group said in a statement, will also be the third power plant to be commissioned by BUA from Wartsila, as BUA Cement seeks to increase its total production capacity across all its locations to 17 million metric tonnes by 2023.

Caption: Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder/Executive Chairman, BUA Group (left); and the Deputy Minister for International Trade for Finland, Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti when the Deputy Minister paid a courtesy call on the Chairman at the BUA Regional Office in Abuja.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA, who signed on behalf of the cement producer said his group was committed to utilizing cleaner, more efficient energy sources for its cement operations rather than relying on coal or heavy fuels.

According to Rabiu, the 70MW gas-powered plant will ensure that the company remains very efficient in its energy utilization in the cement production process, noting that ”we have phased out the use of coal across our factories and are shifting to gas-powered plants. As we ramp up our capacity, there is a need to complement it with efficient power supply and Wartsila’s technology has been found to be durable and uniquely aligned with our vision for more efficient power generation at all our production locations.”

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