9 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Federal Government has approved the supply of power to the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, to facilitate its return to full production capacity.
The Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah made this known during a visit to the ALSCON facility in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa Ibom State.
Dr. Ogah stated that the Federal Exceutive Council approval to connect the Company to the National Grid is a sign of President Buhari’s Administration’s committenent to ensuring that ALSCON is functional, adding that the plant has great economic potential that would benefit not just Nigeria, but Africa.
He noted that the Company would employ about two thousand Nigerians when it begins full operations.
He therefore added that the Federal Government would provide the necessary support to ensure the plant is up and running.
The Managing Director of the Plant, Zavalov Dmitry, revealed that the plant was forced to shut down in 2014 due to gas supply cut.
Dmitry who explained
that the Company had begun plans to restart the Plant applauded the Federal Government for approving the supply of power to the Plant.
“I appealed for the provision of alternative source of gas supply because globally industries that produce metal always have two sources of supply of gas.” Dmitry added.
Also, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Charles Udoh who commended the Federal Government’s decision to resuscitate the ALSCON Plant stressed the State’s commitment to partner with the Federal Government to ensure that the Plant begins operations.