The Acting Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Nestor Binabo, has directed the State Ministry of Energy to acquire more land within two weeks to expand the operations of the Glory Power Company Limited.
Binabo gave the directive when he paid an unscheduled visit to the company, located at Imiringi in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The visit, he said, was to ascertain the level of job done on the installation of a new turbine at the power station.
The acting governor explained that the directive was necessitated by the need to decongest the station and enhance its service delivery.
He said the state government would give the station the necessary support it required to boost electricity supply in the state.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Maxwell Oko, who conducted the acting governor round the facility, said the project had suffered setbacks, adding that the present administration is the fourth that would be handling it.
He explained that the chief engineer of the contracting firm, who left for Russia penultimate weekend, gave strong assurances that the project would be ready for inauguration by the end of February.
Oko noted that testing was going on simultaneously on the installation to ensure that everything was ready before the inauguration date.
Areas inspected include the control room, transformers and the land earmarked for acquisition.
The Imiringi Gas Turbine Station was built by the late Chief Melford Okilo’s administration in the old Rivers State in the early 1980s.