OAU to generate its own power grid by October, says VC

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has announced that the university would by October this year leave national grid and generate its own power.

He disclosed this at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation International Biennial Conference which held on Monday.

He stated that by the time the university exited the national grid, between N35m and 65m being cost of energy would be saved monthly.

Ogunbodede, who claimed that the university’s daily energy needs was below six megawatt, said the gas turbine that would power the university and its teaching hospital was capable of generating over eight megawatt daily.

Ogunbodede also noted that some neighbouring communities would also benefit from the excess energy that the turbine would generate.

According to him, “One of the key challenges we have is the unstable supply of energy. In fact, it is so erratic that you cannot plan any meaningful research. Luckily now, we are working with Rural Electrification Agency to provide for us a gas-powered turbine that will generate 8.0 megawatts of electricity.

“What we consume as a university is between 5 to 6 megawatts daily. With 8.03 megawatts, we will be comfortable. This project started in 2017 and the completion period is two years.

“However, due to the fast pace of the work, the project will be delivered by the end of October. We are now very sure that by the end of October Obafemi Awolowo University will be generating its own electricity and what that means is that we will be off the national grid.

“Presently, we pay between N35m and N65m per month for electricity. By the time we start generating our own electricity, money will be saved.”

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