Elechi announced the development in Abakaliki when he inspected the construction work at the Califco power plant being constructed to power the Ochudo city and the new international market.
The power plant, which was test run during the governor’s tour of the facility, is expected to consume 24 litres of diesel per minute and 1,440 litres per hour.
“The state government is working to meet the Federal Government’s order of 1000 megawatts of electricity to improve power generation in the state,” he said.
Elechi said the project would be keyed into the national power reform programme through the Ofuruekpe gas turbine in Ikwo Local Goverment Area.
According to the governor, arrangements had reached advanced stage to supply gas to the plant and increase its output by the end of the year.
The Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr Ben Okeh, said that work on the power plant which was awarded to an American company two years ago had finally been test run by the governor in preparation for its inauguration after finalising the arrangement for gas supply.
He said the Califco power plant was built to generate 10 megawatts to feed the Ochudo City and the international market.