A consortium of American firms in partnership with a US-based Nigerian engineer is proposing the first waste-to-energy project in West Africa to be sited in Lagos.
The partnership has received the initial backing of the state government and private sector financing from the US.
Already, the US companies have signed the Letter-of-Intent (LOI) to pursue the engineering, design, procurement and construction of the Bamgbelu 60 mw Waste-To-Electricity Facility Project to be located at the Ikorodu Industrial Complex, near Bamgbelu village, in Lagos State.
Speaking at the weekend, Dr. Akinpelu Shogunle, the Nigerian engineer involved in the project, said when completed, the project would generate 60 mw Ultra-High Temperature Gasification from a waste-fired electric generating plant at Bamgbelu village.
The implementation of the waste-fired resource generation facility project “would mark the first of such successful launching of a renewable energy, waste-fired electricity production project of its kind in sub-saharan West Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.”
Shogunle noted that “In this respect, we commend the cooperation, assistance and collaborative effort of the agencies that formed the core of the Lagos State Government’s Waste-To-Wealth Technical Task Force, under the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.”
Shogunle, who now operates from both Lagos and Chicago, explained that some of the US firms involved in the project include, a major power generation company, the Shaw Group International.